Module: Forestry, Land and Resources

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Katharine Foot
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    38 hours

Module content

This module addresses environmental and sustainability matters in the context of the management of farms, rural estates, and forestry and woodland. Content includes the implications of government environmental and sustainability policies (including the UN Sustainable Development Goals); countryside and environmental protection law; resource management issues and their implications; forestry and woodland as a rural land use and as a multi-functional resource; the principles and practice of British silviculture and; the planning and implementation of woodland management activities.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

Identify the main environmental and sustainability policies that are of relevance to farms and rural estates and explain the mechanisms for the delivery and implementation of these policies
Discuss the implications for farm and rural estates of environmental protection measures and resource management issues
Identify both timber and non-timber values of different woodland types
Assess the key factors that affect the financial performance of woodlands

Prepare a woodland management plan which is suitable for a specified type of woodland and appropriately addresses the owner’s objectives.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Woodland management plan 50%
Examination Unseen examination 50%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

  • Bell, S., McGilivray, D., Pederson, O.W., Lees, E., & Stokes, E. (2017). Environmental law. (9th ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Forestry Commission (1988). Thinning control: field handbook 2. London: HMSO.
  • Lewis, K., Tzilivakis, J., Warner, D., Green, A. (2018). Agri-environmental management in Europe: sustainable challenges and solutions – from policy interventions to practical farm management. Sheffield: 5m Publishing.
  • Starr, C.  (2013). Woodland Management: A Practical Guide. (2nd ed.). Marlborough: The Crowood Press Ltd.

Students studying the module will also be directed to relevant online resources, including appropriate pages of the UK Government’s website.