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Harvesting Operations

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Harvesting at Rendlesham Forest

During 2016-17 the Forestry Commission will be felling large areas of trees which are ready for harvesting across the whole of Rendlesham Forest.

When harvesting takes place we close that section of the forest to the public through a Countryside and Rights of Way (CROW) closure.  However, we would like visitors to continue to use other parts of the forest safely during this time and have produced the Rendlesham Forest Operations Mapto help visitors plan ahead. 

Rendlesham Forest Operations Map

Tree thinning and harvesting will be carried out in sections so parts of the forest can still be accessed.  The Operations Map outlines when sections will be harvested to help visitors avoid entering the harvesting site and use other areas of the forest.

Be aware this plan may change due to unforeseen circumstances so always obey warning and restriction signs. 

Sustainable Forest Management

Rendlesham is a sustainable working forest and plays an important role in supplying the British timber market.  The medium and long term aims for the management of the forest is set out in it's Forest Plan.

You can find out more about how we sustainably manage the forest for timber, people and wildlife at

Last updated: 15th June 2017

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