A New Forest Economy

A walk from Caerphilly to Pontypridd

This journey looks at the formalisation of a forest economy and how it distanced people off from the woodlands. It explores:

The formation of deer parks and how the Normans enclosed common land for the gentry / The start of pannage and assarting / The forest outlaws and the executions at Forester’s Oaks / The rebellion of Ifor Bach / How the church and the Marcher Lords created a forest economy / The parallels today in the Amazon and Africa / The early industrialisation of forests for charcoal and timber / The influence of sheep.

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