A Woodland History of Britain

Ref: C3679651

Students on this course will gain an introduction to the history of Britain from Neolithic times to the present day through our woodlands. How have woodlands been important to our ancestors and what were they using them for? Your online investigation will include; initial clearance of woodland, timbers importance through the ages, Royal Forests, peasants and their interactions with woodland, building the Tudor navy, woodland crafts and their importance, woodlands today and recreation among many topics. The course is aimed at students with little or intermediate knowledge of both history and woodlands. After studying on this course a walk in the woods will never be the same again.

Course aim

This course aims to take the student on a journey through the history of woodlands in Britain looking at their importance from the Neolithic (stone age) to the present day.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • List the main developments in woodlands and British history from the Neolithic to the present day
  • Identify woodlands of importance in British history
  • Analyse the importance of woodlands to peasants in Britain
  • Explain why timber as a resource has helped to build the Britain of today

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No resources or prior information needed.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

A Woodland History of Britain


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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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