The Forestry Commission sustainably manage the Public Forest Estate for people and wildlife through the production and sale of timber. This page provides updates on large scale forest operations in East England Forest District.
When timber harvesting takes place we close the work area to the public through a Countryside and Rights of Way (CROW) closure. However, we would like visitors to be able to plan ahead and use other parts of the forest safely through the updates this page provides.
Occassionally forest operations have to take place at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances. Not all forest operations appear on this web page so always obey warning and restriction signs on site.
Current Harvesting Operations in East District
Brandon: Forest operations are taking place near Brandon Country Park from January until April 2017. Please use this harvesting area map to avoid forest operations and plan your route. Work has now started on zone 2.
Harling Underplanting of young trees will take place over the Autumn and Winter and an area of the forest will be fenced off temporarily. Please use the Planting Area Map to help plan your visit and avoid the work area.
Kings Forest and West Stow Two large harvesting operations are taking place at Kings Forest in North Stow and West Stow. This harvetsing map showing the fellings areas as zones has been produced to help plan your visit. The zones are labelled in the order they will be worked in. Currently work is taking place in Kings East zones 1 and 2 and West Stow zones 1 and 2. Updates will be posted as work progresses but please obey all warning signs as the work program can change at short notice.
Roudham: Harvesting is taking place at Roudham. The Felling Area Map can be used to help plan your visit. Please obey all warning signs
Sandlings and Lavenham Beat
Bacton Woods: Timber harvesting is planned to start on 31st October and continue to December 2016. Please use the Harvesting Map to help plan your visit and avoid the work areas. Green and red shaded areas are where work is scheduled to take place. The Forestry Commission will be harvesting timber from small areas at regular intervals over the next few years rather than harvest for a long period over a large area. This aims to allow forest visitors to continue enjoying the wood by keeping access to other parts of the forest open while work is carried out.
Dene Park: Timber harvesting operations have now been completed in Dene Park and the car park is now open for use. There are several stacks of timber remaining to be collected, therefore please take care and obey all warning signs. Thank you for your understanding and assistance whilst we carried out harvesting operations in this wood.
Hemstead Forest: Harvesting is expected to start in Hemsted Forest w/c 24th October and is expected to take approximately two months. Public access will still be permitted but visitors will need to follow and obey safety signage. More information will be available shortly.
After harvesting has finished
The heavy machinery used in forest operations can make access routes into the forest muddy. The Forestry Commission have a responsibility to ensure rights of way are restored and the forest is left in a recoverable condition after the work is complete. This can take a little time to complete so please be patient.
The Public Forest Estate is a sustainable working forest and plays an important role in supplying the British timber market. All public forests have a Forest Plan to help us balance the needs of people and nature, without compromising sustainable timber production. Visit our East England Forest Plans page to view the forest plans for the forests we manage.
You can find out more about how the Forestry Commission sustainably manage the forest for timber, people and wildlife at http://www.forestry.gov.uk/sustainableforestmanagement