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1986 WOODLANDS: Deterioration

 Woodlands in Bedfordshire have been   
 the centre of some concern in the     
 county.  Despite the small amount in  
 the area some 2 hectares have been    
 lost in the last few years due to     
 clearence for agricultural purposes.  
 80% of the woodland in the county is  
 privately owned and just over 60% is  
 managed for timber production.        
 Public criticism in forestry has      
 involved the planting of coniferous   
 species in preference to other types. 
 Some 25,000 trees in the County have  
 died due to Dutch Elm disease.        
 Loss of hedgerows and small spinneys  
 due to intensified and more mechanised
 farming is also considered to have    
 contributed landscape deterioration.  

Map of the area

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