Wednesday, 7 February 2007

Questions


What's the difference between a forest, a wood and a copse? Is it just the number of trees? who decides?

9 comments:

Dave W said...

You decide! I've also heard that there's an 0800 phone line being set up by Endemol who are keen to make a move into the whole reality tree business. They're gonna be planting celebrity trees and one of the trees will have Davina MacColl up it. I have it on good authority that a copse is a forest regrown from roots of trees, rather than one planted with seeds. It's like a jungle out there, ain't it?

Dave W said...

Oh, and a wood is a forest that's been mucked about with by people. With saws and such.

Rhea said...

Great question! I like the term 'copse', although whenever I see it I mistake it for 'corpse'. What about a grove? How many trees in a grove? And that looks like 'grave'.

Dr.John said...

Well I learned from the comments. I thought a copse was a dead wood.

Quilly said...

I'd call those skinny little things, toothpicks!

bazza27 said...

Dave W. Thanks for the info, not sure what to do with the Davina up a tree image!
Rhea, thanks for dropping by, a bit worried about your death fixation!
Dr John, glad you learnt something, not sure I did.
Quilly, are you from America by any chance?

Catch said...

I thought a copse was a dead body with the r left out ;))

Gawpo said...

Bazza, it's simple: a forest is an entire ecosystem that has been untouched by any human harvesting. A wood is just a bunch of trees with nothing better to do than to enjoy not having much marketable timber value. And copse-----those are the guys I work with at my job. See? Simple.

bazza27 said...

Cheers for that Gawpo, I can now see the wood for the trees.