Partnership Working in the South West
The Region works with a wide range of organisations that help both with the planting and management of woodland as well as with developing policy, helping implement the Regional Woodland and Forestry Framework and involving local communities.
A number of partnerships are supported by direct investment from the Region, through a contribution towards the cost of a specific project. In other cases, the Region gives support through staff time and advice. Current partnerships supported include the following:
Blackdown Hill AONB
Projects in the Blackdown Hills AONB aim to strengthen links between local products, the community and the economy. Woodlands and forestry are a key business sector. WoodBiz is one such initiative.
Cotswolds Ancient Woodland Project
The project is a partnership between the Forestry Commission, the Cotswolds Conservation Board and Natural England. Its focus is to protect and enhance the ancient and native woodlands of the Cotswolds AONB to achieve landscape scale benefits.
Dartmoor National Park
Dartmoor National Park and Tamar AONB share an Ancient Woodland Priority Area where effort is being concentrated to encourage and help woodland owners manage their Ancient Woods.
The Dorset Woodlink project (PDF 135KB) is a county-wide partnership project being led by the AONB team. The project aims to bring more woodlands into active management across the county, which can have benefit wildlife and the environment, as well as the local rural economy.
Exmoor National Park
A woodland certification scheme and chain of custody scheme has been established and effort is now focused on bringing Ancient Woodland into favourable condition in this Ancient Woodland Priority Area.
The Partnership's vision is to re-invigorate woodland and forestry in the South West for the benefit of the economy, society and the environment. It focuses on supporting woodland management, harvesting, processing, local timber use, woodfuel development, and increasing the benefits to the industry of non-timber use of woodlands. The Partnership aims to inspire and sustain investment in the sector.