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Felling licences

Douglas fir being extracted by skidderTrees and woodlands are important features of the English landscape, none more so in North West England. From a large conifer forest in Cumbria to smaller copse in Greater Manchester each one is often valued highly by local people or may be important for wildlife.

To help protect England's forests and trees, a felling licence from the Forestry Commission may be required to carry out felling operations. Please note that it is an offence to fell trees without a licence if an exemption does not apply.  The overall process is described in the Quick Guide and full details are available in the booklet Tree Felling - Getting Permission (PDF 1748kb) or for more details visit our England Felling Licences

In addition to a felling licence you will need to consider whether your proposals are effected by other legislation mentioned below.

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations

The EIA Regulations for forestry projects are concerned with: initial afforestation, deforestation, forest roads and forest quarries.

Recent decisions of note under the EIA Regulations for forestry projects in this Area are:

Site: 1900357 Foulshaw and Meathop Mosses
Decision: Determination of Consent
Documents: Decision Foulshaw and Meathop Mosses - EIA Reference: 1900357 - 10 March 2011. (PDF 3MB)

Site: 015900484 Rugby Diamond Wood Country Park, Ashlawn Road, Rugby
Decision: Screening Opinion
Documents: EIA Opinion - Statement of Reasons - Ashlawn Road Rugby - 29 October 2012.
(PDF 47KB)
Appendix A - FC Issues Log (PDF 182KB)
Appendix B - Rainsbrook Valley AP (PDF 198KB)
Appendix C - RBC Management Plan for Diamond Wood Country Park (PDF 97KB)
Appendix D - Pre-application consultation (PDF 28KB)

Additional appendices, including the indicative plan refered to in these documents are available on request. Please contact:

Safeguarding European Protected Species

A number of changes have been made to Habitats Regulations that increase the legal protection given to protected species wherever they are found in England. Several of the species covered by the Regulations are found in woodland, and it therefore has implications for how woodlands are managed and forestry operations carried out.