Trees and woodlands are a key feature of the natural beauty of the New Forest National Park and make an especially important contribution to the appearance of towns and villages, altogether making this part of the world such an enjoyable place to visit or live.
Among their other special qualities, trees give
timber, food and refuge to man and wild animals, insects, plants,
fungi, mosses, and lichens. Trees make oxygen, give shade, help lessen
the risks of flooding, trap carbon, provide windbreaks, muffle
unpleasant sounds and screen unpleasant views. They also make good
landmarks and give us tangible links to the past. For all these reasons
and more, we count tree and
woodland protection as a highly important part of its work.
All tree-related planning matters in the National Park and the New Forest District are handled by our tree service.
The Forestry Commission controls the management of woodlands by issuing felling licences and grants under the terms of the Forestry Act. We are consulted by the Forestry Commission when woodland owners seek a felling licence or funding through one of the grant schemes.
Creating new woodlands is encouraged and we are committed to improving the management of existing woods by working with partners throughout the National Park and surrounding areas.