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England's Woods & Forests
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Forest District Plans

Plans for each local forest area are guided by national policy and forest district strategies. Use the map or the links below to find out how we aim to manage the woodlands in our care in each district and locality. 

South England West England East England Central Yorkshire North England


Strategic Plans

Management of the nation’s forests must follow national policies and guidelines. We manage the public forest estate sustainably, for people, wildlife and timber, and meet the UK Forestry Standard. Our stewardship is certified under the UK Woodland Assurance Standard.

A strategic plan for the public forest estate in England translates government policy into aims and objectives, guiding forest district strategies and our management plans for each forest or group of woodlands in a locality. These local, landscape scale plans are now known as Forest Plans.

Forest Plans

• provide a description of the woods as they are now
• outline the main points considered when deciding what is best for the woods
• describe how the forest will develop over time
• give specific information about approved tree felling, replanting and regeneration over a ten year period.


Forest Plans are reviewed at least every five years. If there are important changes you are invited to comment on the proposals, make suggestions and feed back local knowledge.

Register your interest and have your say using the links on the forest district pages, or visit our consultation hub.


Last updated: 17th November 2017

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.