Toby Buckland supports woodland beanpoles

Beanpoles are the focus of a campaign backed by TV's Toby Buckland to support native woodlands.

The initiative will mark National Beanpole Week, running until 1 May, to try and save coppiced woods, nine-tenths of which have been destroyed in the last 100 years.

"Woodland that pays stays," said Richard Thomason, project officer for the Small Woods Association. "We need to balance economic value with protecting wildflower and animal habitats."

Thomason wanted to promote traditional woodland management and increase demand for woodland beanpoles, which were stronger than bamboo and more local, he said.

"The trouble with relying on grants or volunteers is they wax and wane. We need continuity of management and traditional management is good for that because someone sees value in the wood and goes back year on year."

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