Like other UK hardwoods beech trees are slow growing compared to softwoods. It takes a hundred and fifty years before a beech is ready to harvest. Over two lifetimes the beach will create habitat, absorb carbon and grow into one of our most handsome species.
When they reach maturity they are extremely valuable but well-managed beech woods are now alas all too rare in the UK. It's easier to grow Sitka Spruce and harvest in forty years for fence posts than to grow a sustainable forest with homes for red squirrels but at this new wood in Devon we're giving it our best shot.