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High Weald Forest Design Plan

The High Weald is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the management of its landscape is undertaken with considerable care. The Forestry Commission looks after 20 woodlands within this area, many of which are ancient woodland sites with considerable biodiversity and heritage value. All of our woodlands are managed through an approved forest design plan that has been shaped through the involvement of local communities and organisations.

The High Weald Forest Design Plan sets out the Forestry Commission’s proposals for the next 10 years in some detail. It also outlines the plans for the following twenty, describing how all of the woodlands will look in 30 years time. The plans show how the individual woodlands will contribute to the landscape and economy of the High Weald and create increased opportunities for recreation, heritage and biodiversity.

Over the last 8 months, we have been listening to a range of organisations and local people. This has allowed us to find out how they think our woodlands can contribute to the visions set out in the Forestry and Woodlands Framework for South East England and the Management Plan for the High Weald AONB. These visions include creating better places for people to live, an enhanced environment and biodiversity, a stronger contribution to the economy and a secure future for our woodland resources.

We would like to thank everyone who has told us what they like and dislike about their local woodlands and it has been very useful to hear suggestions of how we might work with other organisations in the future. All of this information has been given to the local forest teams who have worked hard, both on the ground and in the office, to prepare a forest design plan for over 20 woodland areas.

High Weald Forest Design Plan 2008-2038 (PDF 4.8 Mb)
High Weald Forest Design Plan map (PDF 503 kb)

Please use the left hand links to explore the associated maps more fully.

If you would like to comment on any of these maps, please e-mail or write to us using the contact details below:

Mr J Harding
Forestry Commission
Bedgebury Office
Park Lane
Goudhurst
Kent
TN17 2SL

jonathan.harding@forestry.gsi.gov.uk