South Downs 1 Forest Plan

Closed 7 Nov 2016

Opened 3 Oct 2016

Feedback expected 5 Dec 2016

Results Updated 7 Dec 2016

Thank you for taking the time to take part in the consultation process.

Following feedback no changes to the maps were deemed necessary.

Minor changes to the text of the document have been made to highlight specific biodiversity aspects and add more detail about the FC's planning process prior to an intervention.

The plan has now been submitted to the public register for new planting and felling, administered by Forest Services the regulatory arm of the Forestry Commission.

If you would like to make further representations through this please use the link below and search for 'South Downs'. All comments must be submitted by the 30th December.

If you would like to know more do please get in touch,


William Stafford

Planning Forester


Forestry Commission

South England Forest District

The Queens House


Hants, S043 7NH

+44 (0)3000 674623 (direct)

+44 (0)3000 674600 (switchboard)

+44 (0)7799582275 (mobile)



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 Plan covering Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Ditcham Wood, Head Down Plantation and West Harting Down in Hampshire. This forms part of our consultation with stakeholders, that helps to ensure that we achieve an appropriate balance of objectives.


Why We Are Consulting

The Forest Plan for Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Ditcham Wood, Head Down Plantation and West Harting Down is currently being revised. We are therefore asking for your feedback on the the management proposals and the objectives in the plan.  

It is a requirement that all Forestry Commission woodlands are managed in line with the UK Woodland Assurance Standard certification scheme. This helps to fufill our objectives as sustainable land managers within the wider Public Forest Estate.  

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 until 7th November 2016


What Happens Next

Once this online Stakeholder Consultation has closed, we will examine 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
  • Forestry Commission staff
  • Forest visitor
  • Forestry Commission agent / contractor / partner
  • Government department / agency or unitary authority
  • Non-Governmental Organisation / charity
  • Wildlife management
  • Wood processor - including timber and woodfuel production
  • Woodland group
  • South England


  • Recreation
  • Timber, wood products and woodfuel
  • Grants and licences
  • Woodland management
  • Wildlife management
  • Pests and Diseases
  • Forest design plans