Article prepared by John Lockhart, Chairman

If you own woodland that is not currently managed under an agreement with the Forestry Commission or covered by a current felling licence, you may be missing out on the many economic and environmental benefits.

These benefits include:

  • Economic income – Thinning and felling can create produce that will provide an income to you. A standard thinning will remove 30% of the weakest trees, leaving the remaining trees to develop for future interventions. Produce created could be used for woodfuel, woodchip, fencing, construction, furniture or many other niche markets.
  • Habitat improvement – managing woodland can have great benefit to the current habitats, but also creating new and varied habitats to improve the environment for a wide range of species. This could be cutting woodland rides to improve the flora for butterflies or it could be creating warmer woods to improve conditions for gamebirds.
  • Carbon – Management of existing and establishment of new woodland can increase carbon storage and sequestration.

 

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How can we help you?

To make the most of any opportunity you first have to understand what you have.  As a consultancy, we have been working closely with the Woodland Trust to evaluate ancient woodland resources and explore new woodland creation opportunities.  Subject to eligibility, we can offer a fully funded survey/woodland assessment report.  Even outside of the Woodland Trust arrangement, we would be happy to provide an initial no obligation visit to discuss some of the above in more detail with you or your advisors.

Often lowland woodlands are seen as a liability not a productive asset.  We seek to challenge and change this view and have been able to achieve this for many of our clients.

If you would like to discuss tapping into your woodlands real potential please contact our expert Forestry consultants on 01536 408840 / [email protected].

 

 

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