We are the Government Department responsible for trees, woodlands and forests in the East of England. We are responsible for directly managing over 25,000 hectares of land in the region, and we support others to create and manage woodland.
Most of the land managed by the Forestry Commission is open to access on foot, bicycle and horseback. We aim to manage this 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, both plant and animal, 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. By far the largest forest in the region is Thetford Forest, an exemplar of UK sustainable forest management.
For woodland owners and managers we offer support through the English Woodland Grant Scheme. We also issue licences for the felling of trees and undertake Environmental Impact Assessments for those wishing to remove trees or plant new woodland, and investigate reports of illegal felling. More widely, we work in partnership with a range of national, regional and local bodies to promote and secure the benefits which woodlands offer to the region. These include a place for recreation, a place to observe wildlife, a source of woodland products and a contribution to the landscape.
Our work is largely influenced by the Regional Woodland Strategy.