Forestry and Woodland Management
Forest and Woodland management is important!
The future of Forests and Woodlands relies on effective management, just as a garden needs constant maintenance and care to thrive. Trees must be thinned to grow well and invasive species like bramble have to be managed so that they don’t dominate other plants.
So why manage Woodlands?
Woodlands are now managed for a variety of reasons, below are a few examples:
- Woodlands are an important wildlife habitat.
- They absorb dust, noise, pollution and the greenhouse gas – carbon dioxide.
- They release oxygen and contribute to our sense of well-being.
- They provide shelter for wildlife, livestock, buildings, land and people.
- They screen buildings and eyesores.
- They are landscape features providing a setting for recreation.
- Woodlands can provide sustainable livelihoods.
- Woodland Management and Planting provides business opportunities and creates jobs.
- They provide sustainable timber production.
- They provide income from sporting interests.
- They enhance property values.
A management plan is a document that details the actions you need to take to make your woodland sustainable. A management plan should state what you want to achieve, why you want to achieve it, and how you are going to do this on an annual cycle. It will probably have long and short term aims and a revision date to remind you that you need to review things now and again. If you wish to apply for a felling licence and/or grants from the Forestry Commission they will expect you to have a management plan in place although the procedures and guidelines vary somewhat depending where in the UK you are located.