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Woodland management planning

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Managing your woodland long-term can benefit your business, the environment and your community. Managed woodlands are also likely to be more resilient   Read more about Making woodlands work.

What is a management plan?
A Forestry Commission woodland management plan gives land managers a structured way to organise the sustainable management of woods to a common industry standard.

The United Kingdom Forestry Standard (UKFS) is the reference standard for sustainable forest management.

Why create a management plan?

1. Sustainable forest management: creating a woodland management plan can demonstrate sustainable forest management and supports the implementation of work proposals and monitoring.

2. Access to grants: some Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) grants schemes ask land managers to have an approved management plan in place prior to making an application.
Your land needs to be registered on the Rural Land Registry and you will also require a Single Business Identifier from the Rural Payments Agency.

3. Felling and thinning licences: the plan of operations which makes up part of the management plan means it is possible for land managers to apply for a ten year felling license without completing a separate application.

Create a woodland management plan

Last updated: 19th October 2016