Creating New Woodland

When intending to create new woodland, you'll need the right information and adviceĀ about any potential effects on the historic environment so that you can put measures in place to protect it.

The UK Forestry Standard

The UK Forestry Standard (UKFS) of 2011 is the reference standard for sustainable forestry in the UK.

The UKFS is underpinned by seven guidelines which focus on the legal requirements and summary descriptions of good forestry practice to achieve sustainable forestry. The protection and conservation of the historic environment is a UKFS requirement and the Forestry Commission has produced a useful summary - Forests and Historic Environment: UK Forestry Standard Guidelines.

View of the woodland walk at Witley Court.
Witley Court, Great Witley, Worcestershire. View of the woodland walk © Historic England Archive. Photo James O. Davies, DP055703

Forestry Commission

In England the Forestry Commission is the main body for implementing the UKFS. It'll assess forestry proposals against the standard before giving approval, and also carry out checks to ensure it is being complied with.

Depending on the nature and scale of proposals, both Historic England and local authority historic environment services may also be consulted as part of this process. In addition to advising on applications for planting under Countryside Stewardship, Historic England is a statutory consultee under the EIA Forestry Regulations.

Path leading away through woodland in Northumberland by Hadrian's Wall.
Section of woodland in Northumberland by Hadrian's Wall © Historic England Archive. Photo by James O. Davies DP034782
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