Wood pasture and parkland is a distinctive woodland type characterised by open grown and usually old trees in a habitat kept open by grazing. It is not a plant community in its own right but a woodland structure type whose open characteristics have been determined by a history of grazing management.

Many woods of this type have historic, cultural and landscape importance.

Management of ancient wood pasture guidance 

Wood Pasture and Parkland is an introduction to the conservation importance of wood pasture, with links to its management and a description of its status as a UKBAP Priority Habitat.

The Management of Ancient Wood Pasture guidance note provides an introduction to the restoration and management of ancient wood pastures in Scotland, as well as numerous links to web-based information and support.

Additional information on the culture, history and characteristics of ancient wood pasture in Scotland: