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

  • Nettleton Forest Plan

    We would like to invite feedback on the proposed Nettleton Forest Plan. The Nettleton Forest Plan Area (FPA) covers 79.2ha in total and comprises three adjacent woodlands: Big Wood, Long Wood and Black Wood. It is situated in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire,... More

    Closes 20 December 2021

Closed Consultations

  • Kingscote Forest Plan

    The Forest Plan for Kingscote Wood, near Horsley in Gloucestershire, 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... More

    Closed 21 November 2021

  • Friston Forest Plan 2021 - 2031

    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 Friston Forest plan. This online questionnaire forms part of... More

    Closed 15 November 2021

  • Rendlesham and Tunstall Forest Plan 2021-2031

    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 Rendlesham and Tunstall forest plan. This online... More

    Closed 26 October 2021

  • Langdale 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 24 August 2021

  • Stapleford Forest Plan

    We would like to invite feedback on the proposed Stapleford Forest Plan which comprises of two distinct blocks of plantation woodland, Stapleford Wood (303ha) and Stapleford Moor (131ha), s ituated approximately 4 miles to the north east of Newark-On-Trent. Forest... More

    Closed 20 August 2021

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 Kingscote forest plan was open for five weeks in October / November 2021. Posters were put up at the entrances to the wood, directing people to an online survey.

The Forestry England planner and forester held an informal drop-in public consultation session at Kingscote in early November, which was a great opportunity for us to meet some of the woodland users and answer questions about the plan.

You said

The majority of the 18 respondents to the online survey describe themselves as neighbours and walkers. There were also comments from Natural England and a local forestry contractor.

Respondents scored functions of the forest plan (including biodiversity, communities, forest products, and recreation) in terms of importance to them / their organisation. All respondents scored most of the functions as ‘important’ or ‘very important’, and most said that the forest plan addresses their needs and interests ‘very well’ or ‘well’, indicating that this is a woodland that is able to deliver a range of benefits for people and wildlife.

We did

More detail about the responses is provided in the results section of the consultation below.

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.

We asked

The external consultation for the Frith and Conigree forest plan was open for five weeks in April / May 2021. Posters were put up at entrances to both woods, directing people to an online survey.

You said

There were 90 responses to the survey, mostly from walkers / forest users and neighbours, with comments from a footpath officer and a Scout leader, and representatives of the Conigree freeholder, Malvern Hills AONB, Ledbury Town Council and Sustainable Ledbury.

82% of respondents said that the forest plan addresses their needs and interests (or those of their organisation) ‘very well’ or ‘well’, with plenty of positive feedback.

We did

More detail about the responses is provided in the results section of the consultation below.