Monks Wood Re-Wilding Experiment

The purpose of the Monks Wood Re-Wilding Experiment is to study natural processes of plant succession and colonisation that regenerate woodland from former farmland. Since 1961 fields of arable farmland and grassland, next to an ancient woodland, have been taken out of farming production and allowed to return to woodland by natural succession with no management or chemical inputs. The whole process of plant succession has been scientifically monitored for 60+ years. With the growing interest in rewilding, and government policy to expand woodland cover in Britain, the results of the Monks Wood Re-Wilding Experiment provide valuable information for the timescales, patterns and processes of natural woodland regeneration on former farmland.