I live in England and I like forests. Where do I find the largest protected forest in England?

By protected I mean: no commercial logging (management logging is OK considering no forests without it exist in England), mining, or agriculture. I can tolerate that hunting and fishing are still permitted.

I understand the English define ancient woodland as being continuous since before 1600, but for the sake of this question, I do not necessarily insist on it being ancient.

  • Do private/semi-private forests count like the Queen's land that commoners can't access? – Erik Jan 29 '16 at 19:25
  • @Erik Hmm, do you reckon the largest protected forest in England is private and closed to the public? If so, I'd be interested in knowing both the largest protected forest overall, and the largest protected forest with (possibly limited) public access (perhaps some public rights of way that visitors must not depart from). – gerrit Jan 29 '16 at 19:34
  • I think the crown owns the largest forest reserves on the island, due to the old policy that the forests were the crown's property. Remember Robin Hood's transgression of poaching "the King's deer." I don't think the public has ready access to the crown's land because I vaguely remember something about a big forest/hunting preserve owned by the crown without public access. I could be wrong though. You might also want to specify if you are really restricting the area to England, or if you want to include the rest of Great Britain. – Erik Jan 29 '16 at 20:27
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    Logging, mining, and agriculture can all occur on legally protected land in England. So do you mean 'undisturbed' woodland? Logging for woodland occurs to one, keep out disease and two, to keep it classed as 'ancient' which is often a % value of the age of the trees, native tress etc. – Aravona Jan 29 '16 at 21:56
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    @Aravona I know that the Brits use the word National Park for places that include logging, mining, and agriculture. But I believe that in nature reserves, they do not permit those. That's why in my question, I specified what I mean by protected. I believe that undisturbed forests do not exist in the UK, but I might be wrong. – gerrit Jan 31 '16 at 21:41

According to Wikipedia, the largest ancient woodland is the "Windsor Great Park" (1777 Ha) :) However, this one doesn't really fit into your description, does it? The next biggest woodland is King's and Baker's Wood (212 Ha).

Further information: http://www.protectedplanet.net/136567

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    Windsor great park is stunning. And I can safely say the best way to see it is by horse and carriage :) – Aravona Feb 1 '16 at 15:22
  • @Aravona Didn't mean to say it's not! :) I just felt like Gerrit is searching for something else. – OddDeer Feb 1 '16 at 15:34
  • I'm not saying he isn't just saying it's stunning :) – Aravona Feb 1 '16 at 15:35

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