Twisting footpath in overgrown woodland.

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Saltburn Valley Garden, North Yorkshire. Path heads to Albert Memorial from Victoria Road © Historic England Archive. Photo by Alun Bull

Creating New Woodland

When intending to create new woodland, you'll need the right information and advice 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) (4th Edition 2017) is the reference standard for sustainable forestry in the UK.

The UKFS is underpinned by seven guidelines which focus on the legal requirements and provide a summary and descriptions of good forestry practice to achieve sustainable forestry. The protection and conservation of the historic environment is a UKFS requirement and forms one part of the UKFS publication.

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 implementation of the UKFS compliant forestry activity. It will assess forestry proposals for woodland creation and/or tree felling against the standard before giving approval, and will 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 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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