North Staffordshire Forest Plan 2018

Closed 28 Sep 2018

Opened 30 Jul 2018

Overview

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 North Staffordshire Forest Plan (formally Bishops and Swynnerton Forest Plans) which include Big Bishops (352ha), Little Bishops (81ha), Burnt Wood (88ha), Tittensor (72ha), Swynnerton Old Park (329ha) and Walton’s Wood (13ha). The plan area of 935ha lies 8km west of Stoke on Trent and 19km northwest of Stafford. This forms part of our consultation with stakeholders that helps to ensure that we achieve an appropriate balance of objectives.

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. If anyone has any data sets associated to these woodlands which we need to take into account prior to submission for approval, 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. Due to the size of these files the document has been split into 4 sections: 1- Text 2 - Map pages 11 - 20 3 - Map pages 21 - 27 plus Glossary 4 - Future Forest Structure Maps This part of the consultation will run for 5 weeks until 31st August 20178. 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 documents links below to read the documentation and view the maps in the North Staffordshire 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.

Audiences

  • 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

Interests

  • Forest design plans