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Sunlight on grassy glade in Sitka spruceMatterdale is situated within the Lake District National Park to the south of the A66 corridor on the gently sloping land below the hills of Matterdale Common. The Forest extends to 291 hectares. Originally planted wholly with conifers between 1960 and 1965 to a geometric ride infrastructure with timber production being the main objective, these crops have been largely clearfelled. Restocking is based on organic shapes that are less intrusive on the landscape and provide increased conservation and recreational value.

This page provides access to the Forest Design Plan for Matterdale which is the Forestry Commission's core planning document for this forest. This plan was consulted on and approved in January 2011.

The Forestry Commission is always keen to recieve feedback about its proposals for Matterdale. If you would like to make any comments please email Adrian Jones.

The documents below are all Adobe Acrobat files. The original document size is shown in brackets, however please note the maps may not print to scale.

The Introduction, main text and graphs (A4)
Photographic survey of important viewpoints. (A3)
Photographic survey illustrating general features (A3)
Maps; Background Survey, Achievements and Review Issues.(A3)
Maps: Design Concept, Future Woodland Management and Species, Future Community,Recreation & Access, Future Waterm Heritage & Nature Conservation. Planning for Climate Change.(A3)

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