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Tackling Threats to Biodiversity

Restoration of Plantations on Ancient Woodland SitesRamsons in Ancient and Semi-Natural Woodland (ASNW)

On its own estate, the Forestry Commission is restoring plantations on ancient woodland sites back to native species.  In this region large areas have already been restored and there are plans eventually to restore most sites.

  •  Contributes to RFF outcome 5
  •  Partner: Forestry Commission
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North Downs Deer Management Group

Across the North Downs, land managers have come together to form a Deer Management Group to reduce deer populations to sustainable, healthy numbers and keep damage to biodiversity and woodland regeneration at acceptable levels.  This is one of a number of Deer Management Groups operating in the region.

High Weald  Plantations on Ancient Woodland Sites Project

The High Weald AONB, the Woodland Trust and the Forestry Commission have jointly funding a project focusing on converting plantations on ancient woodland sites (PAWS) to native woodland in the High Weald.  The protected landscape of the High Weald contains 7% of England’s ancient woodland area, over a third of this area (PAWS).  Many of the plantations are unmanaged and as a result are of deteriorating quality for wildlife. 

The project, which ran from December 2005 to 31st March 2008, aimed to demonstrate how proactive work by a dedicated officer can engage landowners who are currently not involved in woodland management under existing grants schemes. The results of the project can be downloaded from the High Weald website.


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