We are the Government Department who are responsible for and champion woodlands and forestry in the West Midlands.
We manage the Forestry Commission’s Public Forest Estate and work to support woodland creation and management across the region. The England’s Trees Woods and Forests Strategy and the Regional Forestry Framework ‘Growing our Future’ are major influences on the work we do.
The Forestry Commission’s woodlands in the region are open to access on foot, bicycle and horseback. We aim to manage them in the best public interest, creating and sustaining forests and woodlands which are attractive as well as productive, useful to the community and pleasant places for people to visit, rich in wildlife, and where the natural and cultural heritage is safely conserved. We try to do this as efficiently as possible, generating sufficient income to pay for these activities. Our woodlands are found throughout the region and include some which are nationally renowned and important such as Wyre Forest and Cannock Chase.
For woodland owners and managers we offer advice and support through the England Woodland Grant Scheme and also issue licences for the felling of trees and determine whether Environmental Impact Assessments may be required for those wishing to remove trees or plant new woodland. More widely, we work in partnership with a range of national, regional and local bodies to promote and secure the many benefits which woodlands offer to the region.