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Just a small point and easy to overlook in British English (en-uk) a forest had a varient meaning as a speacial type of landuse with special laws set aside originaly for royal hunting and leasure purposes so included areas well beyound trees such as heathlands etc.

By the late 20th centry most people associated forests with the like of Robin Hood so the idea about the non-wooded bit began to fade from most peoples minds - unless you lived in a place that was a Named Forest such as the New Forest were there are still special laws appyling in areas beyound the trees.

In the same vain British English also has Copse {for trees regulerly havested above ground level so they regrow from the stumps [action of cutting to copice] & where cattle graze cutting is made higher up and called pollarding - this was also becomeing less common as lots of people gave up wordburning as a major fuel choice] there is also the term spinney for a small group of trees on there own [sometimes encoraged amongst grassland to shade cattle or mark a dip of the land closer to the water table so a spring or well may be there with a cattle water trough.]

--Govanus (talk) 19:26, 15 June 2015 (UTC)

Similarly to the situation in the UK, in Denmark an area might be officially part of a forest, while not being covered by trees (and never intended to be). This can potentially lead to different ways of mapping the "forests" of Denmark, depending on whether you map the physical or the administrative forests. I just checked some of my "favourite" forests, and it seems indeed like both ways are used.

NisJørgensen (talk) 09:08, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

My attempt to create clear scheme framefork for tagging wooded areas --BushmanK (talk) 03:09, 19 August 2015 (UTC)


The present confusion could be reduced if mappers were to use the tag landcover=forest. It does not identify the use nor origin of the forest .. simply that a forest is present. Warin61 (talk) 23:23, 18 December 2015 (UTC)