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West Midlands Forestry Framework

The West Midlands covers Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and the Local Authorities of Birmingham and the Black Country conurbation.

Partners first published a Forestry Framework in October 2004 setting out the vision for woodland and forestry in the West Midlands.  Since then, Delivery Plans have been published annually indicating what lead partners and stakeholders will be doing through their continuing activity, expertise and commitment.


The West Midlands Forestry Framework (WMFF) identifies what is special about forestry and woodlands in the West Midlands. It charts a route to help develop a vibrant sector to maintain and enhance the tree, woodland and forestry assets that can bring social, environmental and economic benefits to the region and to all who live, work and visit there.  Developing the WMFF involved extensive discussion and consultation with many regional stakeholders. The WMFF sets out aims, objectives and actions to help realise the benefits for all under eleven themes:

  • Woodland cover
  • The Woodland and Forestry Industry
  • Wood Energy
  • Recycling
  • Recreation and Tourism
  • Health and Well Being
  • Education, Learning and Skills
  • Fostering Social Inclusion
  • Enhancing Biodiversity
  • Environment and Cultural Benefits
  • Supporting the Regeneration of the West Midlands


Each year progress towards achieving the objectives laid out in the Framework is monitored and results published.  From the monitoring responses and research carried out, a rolling three-year Delivery Plan is refreshed and updated.

For more information visit the Growing our Future website.



Growing our future: The West Midlands Forestry Framework

The vision for woodland and forestry in the West Midlands is to create a viable and inclusive woodland and forestry sector that maximises sustainable development through delivery of economic, environmental, cultural and social benefits to the people of the region.

Growing our Future: Delivery Plan 2007-2010

Growing our Future – Headlines 2006-2007

Annual Monitoring Report 2006-2007

Last updated: 11th July 2017