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West Wood Forest Design Plan

West Wood is an ancient woodland site, which is situated in a landscape of gentle rolling arable farmland with small blocks of woodland. The trees grow on calcareous soils, which contain numerous archaeological features. The management of West Wood is undertaken with considerable care and the Forestry Commission has been working with local communities and organisations to help shape a draft forest design plan which is now available for comment.

The West Wood Forest Design Plan sets out the Forestry Commission’s management proposals for the next 10 years in some detail. It also outlines the plans for the following twenty, describing how the woodland will look in 30 years time. The plans show how the woodland will contribute to the landscape and economy of the area while creating increased opportunities for recreation, heritage and biodiversity.

Over the last 12 months, we have been listening to a range of organisations and local people to find out how they think the woodland can contribute to the local area and to the visions set out in the Forestry and Woodlands Framework for South East England. These visions involve 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 woodland 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 team that has worked hard, both on the ground and in the office, to prepare a draft concept plan for West Wood.

West Wood Forest Design Plan 2008-2038 (PDF 4.5Mb)
Location map (PDF 3.9Mb)

Ancient woodland map (PDF 1.5Mb)
Design concept map (PDF 1.3Mb)
Existing species map (PDF 753kb)
Future habitats map (PDF 606kb)
Habitat restoration and felling map (PDF 779kb)
Legal status map (PDF 700kb)


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

Mr J Harding
Forestry Commission
Bedgebury Office
Park Lane