Woodland management planning and consultancy

Woodland management is vitally important for the health and vitality of one of our most precious natural environments and resources. While nearly 10% of England is covered in woodland, a lot of it is not being managed, often for understandable reasons:

*Woodland management plans are important documents, providing confidence, a sense of purpose and allowing access to grant funding. But they are also complex, requiring a technical survey of overall structure and species diversity and dovetailing this to aims and objectives

*Silviculture and forest ecology are complex subjects. What's best for the woodland?

*Grants and the legal structure are constantly changing

*Engaging contractors might be problematic and expensive

*Where to start in finding markets for large amounts of timber or fuel?

*And now alarming new diseases seem to keep emerging

Good management will ensure that the trees, plants and animals of woodland are part of a healthy, and vigorous ecosystem. Allowing light into woodland through periodic thinning, regeneration or coppicing benefits wild flowers, improves habitat and maintains species’ diversity. A varied structure of ground flora and young trees and shrubs in dappled light or under a light overstorey provides good, warm cover. The timber crop is given the space needed to maintain growth, and to produce potentially good quality sawlogs for furniture, joinery and building.

Carbon productivity is also resumed, absorbing carbon dioxide and mitigating the green house effect. The process of removing timber through woodland operations also provides opportunity for diversifying species composition. As the climate warms and becomes increasingly unpredictable, it is important to increase woodland resilience by having as many tree species and as much variation in structure as possible.

Contact us for professional support across all aspects of forest and woodland management:

*Sensible planning to suit the woodland and your objectives

*Inventory of standing volume and species composition

*Grant funding applications and advice

*Contract management

*Profitable timber sales

*Tax advice

Investment in woodfuel

For security of heat energy and for economic purposes, some businesses, farms and large households find that it makes sense to invest in woodfuel boilers. For woodland owners especially it may be worth considering whether their resource can be put to best use, avoiding at least double handling, intermediate costs and transport. Woodfuel feasibility studies and handling advice is available for those thinking of installing any of the variety of log, chip or pellet boilers that may be on the market. Discussions are likely to include funding available under the commercial Renewable Heat Incentive, as well as the new domestic version introduced in the summer of 2014.

Woodland Management Planning
Woodland management planning. Support for woodland owners
Woodland income and management costs
Income for woodland owners
Woodland Grants and Funding in England
Woodland Grants and Funding to help woodland economics
Inventory, mensuration and volume assessment
Woodland inventory and data collection
Silviculture: the establishment and growing of trees
Woodland operations, regeneration and impact
Woodland operations can have a big impact, but the aim is to encourage development or regeneration to establish a new age class of trees
Increasing biodiversity through habitat and woodland management
Pests and diseases
Woodand pests and new diseases
Managing Chalara, Dieback of Ash, for Selection of Resistant Individuals
The importance and practicalities of selecting ash resistant to Chalara
Woodfuel handling and feasibility studies
Timber sales
Timber sales
Tree safety surveys
Professional tree safety surveys
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