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Pigs and pollards: medieval insights for UK wood pasture restoration
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
2013 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 5, no 2, 387-399 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

English wood pastures have become a target for ecological restoration, including the restoration of pollarded trees and grazing animals, although pigs have not been frequently incorporated into wood pasture restoration schemes. Because wood pastures are cultural landscapes, created through the interaction of natural processes and human practices, a historical perspective on wood pasture management practices has the potential to provide insights for modern restoration projects. Using a wide range of both written and artistic sources form the Middle Ages, this article argues that pigs were fed in wood pastures both during the mast season when acorns were available and at other times as grazing fields. Pollarded pedunculate oak (Quercus robur) likely dominated these sustainable cultural landscapes during the medieval period.

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2013. Vol. 5, no 2, 387-399 p.
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swine, oaks, woodlands, restoration, Middle Ages, history
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History Ecology Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-67528DOI: 10.3390/su5020387ISI: 000324044400001OAI: diva2:612590
Available from: 2013-03-22 Created: 2013-03-22 Last updated: 2013-10-16Bibliographically approved

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