Dark Peak Forest Plan

Closed 7 Aug 2017

Opened 27 Jun 2017


The Dark Peak Forest Plan (FP) summaries proposals by the Forestry Commission for the management of three woodlands, Snake, Lockerbrook and Westend.  These lie in the Peak District National Park and cover an area of 585.4ha.

The new management plans objectives will be to continue to grow commercial crops on a sustainable basis, diversify the forest structure through harvesting operations, restore native clough woodland, expand the woodland boundaries to develop move open mixed stands designed to increase unity with open moorland and show an increase in visual ‘naturalness’ in the long term.


Why We Are Consulting

We are asking for your feedback to ensure the objectives are considered and balanced for the proposals being put forward in the new Forest Plan and if anyone has any data sets associated to these woodlands which we need to take into account prior to submissiion for approaval, this is the opportunity.

It is also a requirement that all Forestry Commission woodlands are managed to the high standards needed to meet the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS) that in turn ensure sustainable forest management certification of the Public Forest Estate is maintained.

The Forest Plan is available to download below in PDF format  or alternatively viewable online within the Survey.

This part of the consultation will run for 4 weeks until 7th August 2017.

Any comments should be submitted through the online survey form before the closing date.

Feedback received after the closing date may not be able to be considered.

Please select the 'Related'  documents links below to read the documantation and view the maps in the Dark Peak Forest Plan. 


What Happens Next

The online Stakeholder Consultation has now closed.  We are examining the feedback and where possible, will incorporate suggestions into the Forest Plan.

We will then submit the Forest Plan to Forest Services, the regulatory arm of the Forestry Commission, for any further consultation required prior to approval.


  • Landowner / manager
  • Local community member
  • Forestry Commission staff
  • Forest visitor
  • Forestry Commission agent / contractor / partner
  • Wildlife management
  • Wood processor - including timber and woodfuel production
  • Woodland group
  • Central England
  • North West & West Midlands


  • Forest design plans