The development of multi-purpose forests is now recognized as sound land use. While timber production remains paramount, increasing attention is given to other benefits which forests can confer on land and community. The values in the countryside of shelter, conservation and recreation, and the improvement of urban life by the transformation of industrial waste land to town forests, are tangible contributions to the quality of life. Forests sympathetically planned and managed also enrich the visual landscape; plantations can be shaped to accord with the topography, their margins merging easily into the surrounding landscape pattern. The retention of indigenous species within the forest boundary serves both conservation and beauty, and felling can be planned to avoid unsightly scars. By these methods of management, forests can be developed in a way which will help to overcome the impoverishment of the landscape currently caused by reduction of tree cover over much agricultural land.