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NEWS RELEASE No: 1382419 JULY 2010

Forest design plan consultation at Maulden Wood

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The Forestry Commission will be holding a public consultation on the future management of the Greensands Ridge woodlands at Maulden Wood near Ampthill, Bedfordshire on 25 July 2010.

A team from the Forestry Commission will be on hand to consult with members of the public to revise the forest’s design plan.  This review forms part of the Forestry Commission’s 10 year Greensands Ridge plan, to help preserve the woodland’s diversity, and encourage a variety of habitats to develop. 

The consultation will provide a background into the bio-geographical importance of the area, and an insight into how the woods will be managed.  It will also highlight the Commission’s vision for the future and the importance of woodland maintenance.

The consultation will take place in Maulden Wood on Sunday 25 July between 10am and 2:30pm, at the Deadman’s Hill lay-by entrance, just off the A6.  As part of the consultation there will be two guided walks, lasting approximately one hour, at 11am and 1pm.  The tours will give visitors the opportunity to walk the routes where work will be carried out.  Guides will discuss coppicing and planting strategies, and provide updates on the flora and fauna of the wood.     

Forestry Commission Local Forester, Cheryl Lundberg said:

“Consultation events such as these provide a great opportunity for members of the public to meet with Forestry Commission staff to raise and discuss concerns, ask questions and generally provide input into plans.  If visitors are unable to make the guided tour slots, they should still visit as Foresters will be available throughout the day, and they can also view the exhibition.”

For more information on the guided tours and the exhibition contact Cheryl Joyce on 01780 444920.

About the Forestry Commission
1. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests, and increasing their value to society and the environment.  Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive woodlands.  Further information about the Commission can be found at

2. Northants Forest District runs from Grantham in Lincolnshire right down to Ampthill in Bedfordshire, and includes many beautiful and varied woodlands.

3. Maulden Wood is accessed from the Deadman’s Hill lay by on the A6 adjacent to the wood.

Sarah Walker, tel 01780 444920 or email

Stuart Burgess, Senior Press Officer, Forestry Commission England, tel 0117 372 1073, mobile  07785 748351, email