The South East is England’s most wooded region with nearly 15% of our area under trees. Many of these woodlands are ancient in origin, which means they are especially rich in wildlife.
The Forestry Commission directly manages many woodlands in the region including the world famous New Forest and locally important forests such as Alice Holt, Bedgebury, Wendover and Queen Elizabeth.
In addition, the Forestry Commission supports the many privately owned forests in the region through grants and advice. Some of these, such as Windsor Forest, are extensive but it is estimated that there are 10,000 owners of woodland in the region. Generally we advocate that managed woodlands provide the greatest benefits for wildlife, for public enjoyment and for the production of woodland products.