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

  • High Stand Forest Plan 2021

    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

    Closes 10 March 2021

  • Pages Wood Wildflower Meadow

    Pages Wood is our largest site in the Thames Chase and home to over 100,000 trees. This valley of green space offers excellent views as well as a rich mosaic of habitats for wildlife. We would like to increase this diversity of wildlife by adding around 2 hectares of wildflower meadow. This is... More

    Closes 12 March 2021

Closed Consultations

  • Shaping the future of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund

    We at the Forestry Commission want to give really good customer service and welcome your feedback as it helps us to improve the service that we offer. You are receiving this survey as you're an Urban Tree Challenge Fund (UTCF) agreement holder. This survey asks you about your... More

    Closed 15 February 2021

  • Park Lane - options for consultation 2020

    A consultation survey for neighbours and residents on Park Lane, Bedgebury Forest and local parishes of Hawkhurst, Sissinghurst and Cranbrook and Goudhurst to submit views on proposed options to address displaced parking. More

    Closed 31 December 2020

  • Forestry England learning activity feedback 2020

    Thank you for learning in and about the forest with Forestry England. We offer downloadable lesson plans, learning trails and led activities in partnership with our learning providers. We would appreciate it if you could give us your thoughts on your experience of learning with us by... More

    Closed 31 December 2020

  • Wharncliffe and Wombwell Forest Plan

    We would like to invite feedback on the proposed Wharncliffe and Wombwell Forest Plan which lies in South Yorkshire. The Wharncliffe and Wombwell Forest Plan (FP) summarises proposals by Forestry England for the management of 3 woodlands - Wharncliffe, Old Park and Wombwell. ... More

    Closed 18 December 2020

  • Coatham Woods User Survey

    We know that Coatham Woods is an important place for many of you to exercise, watch nature and relax. This survey is to find out more about these visits. More

    Closed 11 December 2020

We Asked, You Said, We Did

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

We asked

Forestry England manages Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest - Park Lane is a section of public highway, private road and forest track that transects the forest. Over recent years the displaced parking has become unsustainable and has created incidents of unsafe parking, legitimate road users have had their access blocked, including the emergency services. We consulted residents and neighbours on Park Lane and presented three options to address the current situation for a wider consultation.

You said

There were 386 responses to the survey; 8% were from residents or local businesses on Park Lane, 43% were from residents of Hawkhurst Parish, 26% of Cranbrook & Sissinghurst and 6% of Goudhurst. The remaining 17% were from none of the above. The most popular option was number 3 - to regulate parking, potentially with a locally administrated pass. 61% of respondents chose this option and a further 30% said that they would support this option even though it was not their first choice – a combined total of 91%. Furthermore, 59% said that this option was fair to all user groups. 

We did

Following this survey, with a good representation from each parish as well as different user groups, Forestry England will move ahead with plans to regulate parking.

Forestry England Park Lane parking consultation - full results

We asked

Members of the public and stakeholders were invited to the consultation of the draft proposals for the Broughton Moor Forest Plan 2020-2030, to leave feedback to ensure that the plans objectives and proposals were considered and balanced. This was carried out via emails and notices displayed at forest entrances. 

You said

There were a handful of responses to the consultation from members of the public, with most supporting the main forest management objectives. The main concerns raised include the following:

-The impact of larch felling in Broughton Moor 

-Demand for mountain biking facilities in Broughton Moor

-Questions around Public Right of Way maintenance

-Concerns around illegal motorbike access

We did

Comments and feedback were incorporated into the Forest Plan where necessary.

The concern around the impact of larch felling in Broughton Moor is understandable given the prominence of this species in areas of the forest, particularly around The Hawk. The issuing of a statutory plant health notice and the ongoing threat to the larch trees in the area necessities that we act now, to reduce the risk to other trees in the area. In addition, the planned restocking containing a higher proportion of broadleaves when compared to the previous plan aims to reduce the landscape impact in the long term that losing the larch will cause.

Creation of cycle trails is outside of the scope of this forest management plan, however the feedback for additional cycling provision has been passed onto the recreation team for their consideration. Grizedale is Forestry England’s hub for mountain biking and supports numerous trails. There are no formal cycle paths or trails in Broughton Moor.

We remain committed to monitoring illegal motorbike activity in Broughton Moor and will continue to liaise with the police regarding this matter.

The Public Rights of Way within Broughton Moor are the responsibility of the National Park authority to maintain, and these comments have been passed onto the appropriate staff there.

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

We asked

We asked people to provide feedback on proposed plans for some development work at Tyler's Wood. Thank you for your responses.

You said

There was a positive response to the consultation. The majority of respondents supported the development of more wildflowers, pathways, trees, a pond and additional seating. There was a strong interest in ensuring our forest wildlife continues to thrive and that the benefits of our forests will continue for generations to come. The majority of respondents stay up to date with our sites through the Facebook page (Thames Chase Woodlands - Forestry England) and notice boards on the site. We will continue to use these platforms and keep them up to date. There was some interest in volunteering on this project. We will continue to review Covid-19 guidance and advertise for volunteers if and when we feel it is safe to do so.

We did

Comments and feedback have been reviewed and incorporated into the development plan for Tyler's Wood. Thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire.