Scaling Post-Industrial Forestry: The Complex Implementation of National Forestry Regimes in the Southern Valleys of Wales

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Recent years have witnessed increased geographical interest in the changing nature of forestry in the UK. Critical attention has been given to a transition from a previously dominant regime of industrial forestry, primarily concerned with the mass production of timber, to a post-industrial regime, within which timber production sits alongside a broader range of social, economic and environmental objectives. Investigations of this transition, however, have been largely restricted to analyses of national policy discourse, with relatively little attention given to the implementation of post-industrial forestry in regional and local spaces. In this paper, we argue that the emergence of this new forestry regime has been associated with a great deal of spatial complexity. Drawing on findings from recent research in the southern valleys of Wales, we highlight the complex geographies bound up with the implementation of national regimes of forestry in the UK, and the significant roles played by the local socio-natural context in facilitating and resisting the implementation of new forestry regimes in particular spaces.

Keywords: UK; forestry regimes; implementation; local socio-natural conditions; scale

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: School of City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK; ;;, Email:

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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