Forestry Commission Consultation Hub

The Forestry Commission is at the heart of the progress being made in protecting, improving and expanding our woodlands and forests, and enhancing local communities and economy.

Here you will find the latest topics that the Forestry Commission is seeking views on - have your say!

Open Consultations

  • Clipstone Forests Plan Consultation

    We would like to invite feedback on the proposed Clipstone Forests Plan which comprises of eight woodlands: Sherwood Pines (1,175 ha), Cutts Wood (42 ha), Strawberry Hill (74 ha), Golf Course (83ha), Intake (13 ha), Peafield (97 ha) Garibaldi and Cavendish (102ha) which are dominated by... More

    Closes 30 September 2022

Closed Consultations

  • Cropton Forest Plan - Yorkshire district

    Forest plans define the long term vision for a woodland or a collection of woodlands and set out how management will move towards achieving this vision over the next ten years. We would like to invite you or your organisation to leave some feedback on our proposed revision to the forest... More

    Closed 30 July 2022

  • Croxton Forest Plan 2022-2032

    Forest plans define the long term vision for a woodland or a collection of woodlands and set out how management will move towards achieving this vision over the next ten years. We would like to invite feedback on the proposed Croxton forest plan. This online questionnaire... More

    Closed 6 July 2022

  • Bristol Woods forest plan

    The Forest Plan for Forestry England's Bristol Woods, is due for renewal. Forest Plans define our long-term vision for a woodland or a collection of woodlands, and set out how our management will move towards achieving this vision over the next ten years. We would like to... More

    Closed 9 May 2022

  • Parkend Walk & Blakeney Hill Walk FP 2022-2032

    Forest Plans define the long-term vision for a woodland or a collection of woodlands and set out how Forestry England will move towards achieving this vision over the next ten years. The Forest Plans for Middleridge, Staple Edge, Abbots Wood, Blaize Bailey, Blakeney Hill, Cockshoot,... More

    Closed 22 April 2022

  • Ennerdale Phytophthora Ramorum Public Engagement 2022

    During Summer and Autumn 2021 Phytophthora Ramorum was identified across 60 hectares of larch forest at the west end of the Ennerdale valley. To help control the spread of the disease and reduce the risk of a variant jumping into another tree species Forestry England is required to fell or kill... More

    Closed 28 March 2022

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

The external consultation for the Bristol Woods forest plan was open for five weeks in April / May 2022. Posters at the main entrances to each of the publicly accessible woods directed people to an online survey.

You said

The majority of the 87 respondents to the survey were recreational users of the woods. There was also useful feedback from national and local organisations including Natural England, Historic England and Abbots Leigh Wildlife Group.

Positive comments included:

“I feel the plan addresses natural capital regeneration, species diversity and climate change mitigation very well.”

“It seems to me that the plan is excellent and balances the priorities of biodiversity, timber production and amenity.”

Some concerns were raised - these are listed below.

We did

The actions relating to Leigh Court registered park and garden are a bit vague and it isn’t clear how they have been decided.

Forestry England’s response:

  • A conservation statement for Leigh Court will be produced within the first year of the forest plan. In the meantime, actions are based on discussions with the Forestry England Historic Environment Team and assessments of past management objectives.

 

People / organisations with an interest in biodiversity provided some really useful feedback:

Forestry England’s response:

  • According to our records, West Tanpit Wood is not recorded as ancient woodland. However, we will investigate the suggestion that it is, and ensure that forest operations and future planting are adjusted if needed. Also, while it may appear that there is a lot of felling due, it is spread over at least 3 decades, and is mostly non-native larch which is potentially at risk of infection from Phytophthora ramorum.
  • Important species and habitats, including the stream in West Tanpit, Tilia cordata in Leigh Woods, and butterflies and other insects will be mentioned more prominently in the plan and the relevant comments from the online survey passed to our ecologist.

 

There were some questions about pests and diseases.

Forestry England’s response:

  • We will protect coppice regrowth from deer damage wherever possible using temporary fencing.
  • Ash dieback remains a challenge and will require some further felling eg in Ashton Hill, but we hope that by replacing the ash with more diverse mixtures, we will increase the resilience of the Bristol Woods for the future.

 

There were several comments from mountain bikers:

Forestry England’s response:

  • Forestry England has supported mountain biking for many years. Unfortunately, we cannot allow bike trails everywhere, especially in the fragile habitats of the Leigh Woods SSSI and surrounding areas, where native broadleaves will be planted to replace recently cleared conifers. The local Forestry England team will continue to work closely with Ride Bristol as representatives of the cycling community.

 

Other comments and suggestions, including offers from potential volunteers have been passed onto the local beat team, who will contact individuals and groups as and when appropriate.

We asked

For feedback on our plans to fell larch trees in Ennerdale in response to Phytophthora Ramorum.

You said

Various concerns were raised about the plans including timber transport, future production, access during the operations and communications plans.

We did

Questions were collated and a response document is viewable on the Wild Ennerdale website.

Link to response document.

We asked

The external consultation for Friston was open for six weeks in October / November 2021. Posters were put up at entrances, directing people to an online survey and providing contact details for any further queries.

You said

There were 21 responses in total via the online consultation in addition to several responses from statutory and non-statutory organisations. Overall, the plan was met favourably, with 57% classing it as well or very well addressing their needs. Less than 5% considered it to poorly meet their needs. The primary interests of respondents focussed on woodland ecology and the balance of people and nature.

We did

The responses will be further considered and factored into the plan where possible. Several of the specific suggestions relating to balancing human use of the forest go beyond what the forest plan is designed for; however, these will nonetheless be considered a priority area for discussion and action over the coming months and years. Forestry England is committed to ensuring the sustainable use of the nation's forests and recognises that this often requires active management. Based off the feedback provided from this consultation the management will be reviewed.

This forest plan has now been submitted to the Forestry Commission for further scrutiny and approval.