Yew Woodland – W13
Taxus baccata woodland
East Durham Plateau.
Yew dominated stands in coastal dene Ash woodlands.
Thin soils over limestone outcrops.
Yew dominated: species poor. Very occasional Elder, Hawthorn or Ash.
Ground Flora and Fauna
Very sparse. Occasional Dog’s Mercury, Stinging Nettle, Ivy, Bramble.
Closed dense canopy of Yew to 10m. No understorey.
- Timber production isn’t practical or desirable. Low intervention approaches are best.
- Exclude livestock.
- Maintain and increase the numbers of old trees and dead wood.
- Use low-key establishment techniques – particularly natural regeneration.
- When planting is necessary use plant material of local origins.
Planting Sites for New Woods
Stands within new ash woodlands on limestone outcrops. Coastal denes. Magnesian Limestone quarries
Stands of pure Yew.
Forestry Commission Forestry Practice Guide 3: Lowland Mixed Broadleaved Woods can be downloaded from Forestry Commissions Publications pages.