Woodland management

woodland management


New Forest woodlands are unique, with an outstanding diversity of habitat and the highest population of veteran trees in Western Europe.

Our woodlands are recognised internationally for the species they contain and forests, woods, and individual trees in the New Forest have historically been used and valued for timber, fuel and shelter.

Recent changes in woodland ownership, combined with a decline in available timber markets and falling timber prices, has led to large sections of woodland being split into smaller holdings and now 40 per cent of privately owned woodlands is unmanaged.

Lack of management is concerning as it:

  • Reduces habitat quality
  • Causes the number of species to decline
  • Increases pests and disease outbreaks
  • Encourages the spread of invasive non-natives including rhododendron, laurel and Japanese knotweed.

We were recently involved in the Good Woods project, run in conjunction with B&Q and SYLVA, which aims to regenerate Britain's woodlands:

Browse these web pages to find out more about how to manage woodland effectively and if you own or manage woodland and would like to learn more contact Tracé Williams at trace.williams@newforestnpa.gov.uk.

  1. Introduction (you are here)
  2. Creating woodlands
  3. Introduction to coppicing
  4. How to coppice
  5. Pollarding introduction
  6. How to pollard
  7. Ash tree dieback
  8. Grown in Britain


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