Langley wood walk

Working Woodlands

Lead Partner

New Forest Land Advice Service

What is it about?

At present around 40% of privately owned woodland in the New Forest is unmanaged. Through the Working Woodlands project the New Forest Land Advice Service aims to move these unmanaged woodlands back into sustainable management and improve the environmental, social and economic benefit's delivered by woodlands. This could additionally gain increased public access to woodland.

The project will:

  • bring in the region of 120 hectares of woodlands back into active management
  • reconnect woodlands through imprioved biodiversity and management, resulting in them being more resilient to unfavourable conditions such as disease
  • increase the number of niches available and therefore increase the habitat available for many threatened and declining species
  • train 150 people in woodland management skills
  • increase public access to woodland
  • create a detailed record of the current state of unmanaged woodlands
  • give advice, support and training to woodland owners, including site surveys, management advice and on-line fact sheets. The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust are undertaking a detailed biodiversity and monitoring record of the current state of unmanaged woodlands and surveying the wildlife in them before and after it is regenerated.

Volunteering And Training

Through the New Forest Rural Skills Project, volunteers and landowners will acquire greater knowledge of woodland management and coppicing, resulting in a revival in forestry skills.

With the help of volunteers, invasive, non-native plants such as rhododendron and laurel will be removed from woodlands and the coppicing of tree species such as hazel will be undertaken where appropriate.

Visit the training and volunteering pages for information on specific roles within the Our Past, Our Future Landscape Partnership Scheme.


In the long term, the New Forest Land Advice Service will continue to work with woodland owners after the project ends to encourage best practice management and help find funding to support it.

Contact Details

Tom Murphy - Project Co-ordinator, Working Woodlands

Tel: 01590 646692 email:

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  4. Conserving the Forest Fringe
  5. New Forest Invasive Non-Native Plants
  6. Living Waters
  7. Nature's Stepping Stones
  8. Rediscovering and Conserving Our Archaeological Heritage
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  11. Apprentice Rangers
  12. Building Skills
  13. Veteran Trees Skills
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  15. Heritage on My Doorstep
  16. Common Cause: Verderers' Hall
  17. Foxbury: Connecting People with Places
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  23. Common Cause: Through Our Ancestors' Eyes
  24. Common Cause: Shared Forest


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