At the time the Domesday Book was written only about twenty per cent of the country was wooded.
By late medieval times most woods were managed in some way for hunting, wood or pasture.
The idea of preserving wild woodland is a modern notion.
What do you think people thought of the woods in Norman times?
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There were more woods and forests than today. But far less than 1000 years before because the Romans, the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings had all been keen on chopping down trees.