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About Us

We are the Government department responsible for trees, woods and forests throughout Yorkshire and The Humber Region.  We are responsible for managing the Forestry Commission’s forests and we work to support sustainable woodland management across the region.

The Forestry Commission Estate is publicly owned and open to access on foot, bicycle and horseback.  We aim to manage it in the best public interest, creating and sustaining forests and woodlands which are attractive as well as productive and useful to the community.  We want them to be pleasant places to visit, rich in wildlife, both plant and animal, where our natural and cultural heritage is safely conserved.  We try to do this as efficiently as possible, generating sufficient income to pay for these activities.  Our largest area of public forests in the region is in North Yorkshire, within Hambleton, Ryedale and Scarborough districts.

For woodland owners and managers we offer advice and support through the English Woodland Grant Scheme.  More widely, we work in partnership with a wide range of national, regional and local organisations to promote and secure the benefits which trees, woods and forests offer to our region.  These include a place for recreation and healthy activity, a place to observe and experience wildlife, a source of sustainable woodland products and a vital contribution to the landscape.

Our work is informed and influenced by the Regional Forestry Strategy.

Last updated: 17th November 2017
The value of trees in our changing region