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About our Continuous Cover Sites

Blengdale Forest is home to very big Douglas firThis page provides information about areas of North West England that are being managed under Continuous Cover.

The five sites listed below provide a range of practical examples of continuous cover management across a range of forests, species and site types. Blengdale, Wythop and Dodd are part of the England National Pilot Sites Newtork.

A Sites Location Map is available which shows where each site is located within North and West Cumbria.

Visitors are welcome to guide themselves around the sites using the maps provided. Please park where indicated.


Wythop - Overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake this forest has been managed under Continuous Cover for around 20 years with very good examples of Douglas fir regeneration and under planting now well established. Steep ground working by skyline and skidder are features of this forest. Management Plan available.

Dodd Wood - A well established and spectacular area of mixed age Douglas fir accessible from the Old Sawmill Tearoom car park this forest is also very popular as a view point for Ospreys which nest in the forest. As with Wythop steep ground working and complex Douglas fir regeneration are the main features.

Ennerdale - Managed in partnership with the National Trust and United Utilities under banner of "Wild Ennerdale" around 430ha of existing forest and 280ha of regenerating post clear fell forest is being managed under Continuous Cover/Minimal Intervention. Mixtures of spruce, larch and native broadleaves with examples of regeneration of all species. See also the Wild Ennerdale Partnership website. Management Plan available.

Blengdale - Extending to 160ha this site offers a range of examples with Douglas fir planted under larch, mixed conifer regeneration under larch, Duglas fir and spruce regeneration under  Douglas Fir and the beginnings of transformation of second rotation young spruce to Continuous Cover. Management Plan and Site Map available.

Miterdale - A large area of existing Native Woodland being managed under Continuous Cover and Minimal Intervention along with areas of Conifer being restored to Native Woodland through thinning and some clear felling. Good examples of managing the transformation from Ancient Woodland under planted with conifers in the 1960's to future Native Woodland. Management Plan available.


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