Thames Basin Heaths Forest Plan

Closed 27 Nov 2017

Opened 30 Oct 2017

Feedback expected 29 Jan 2018

Results Updated 30 Nov 2017

Thank you for taking the time to take part in the consultation process.

We have now finished collating your feedback and suggestions and the document has been updated.

No major changes have been deemed necessary. Minor changes have been made to open space areas and the location of priority ecological corridors as well as more detailed pre- scriptions for what 'open habitat areas' will consist of.

Of the 19 responses received the majority of the feedback concerned the provision of recreation and in particular mountain biking. We are currently discussing a recreation strategy for this area and these comments will form an important backdrop to those discussions. Any future provisions will be a carefully construed balance of maintaining our obligations to conserve and enhance statutory habitats, our commitments to a working forest and the timber industry, restrictions of public access due to leasehold agreements and our limited staff resource.

Full details can be found in the consultation pages.  

The process has now moved to its 3rd stage where it is placed apon the public register of new grants and felling, This will represent a further opportunity to comment using the link below.

This page will be updated when that consultation goes live.

https://www.eforestry.gov.uk/glade/public_register_prePublicRegisterCases.do?consId=108

If you would like to know more do please get in touch.

 

 

Overview

Forest Plans define the long term vision for a woodland or a collection of woodlands and set out how management will move towards achieving this vision over the next ten years.

We would like to invite you or your organisation to leave some feedback on our proposed revision to the Forest Plan covering the Forestry Commission managed woodlands in the Thames Basin.This forms part of our consultation with stakeholders, that helps to ensure that we achieve an appropriate balance of objectives.

 

Why We Are Consulting

The Forest Plan for the Thames Basin is currently being revised. We are therefore asking for your feedback on the the management proposals and the objectives in the plan.  

It is a requirement that all Forestry Commission woodlands are managed in line with the UK Woodland Assurance Standard certification scheme. This helps to fufill our objectives as sustainable land managers within the wider Public Forest Estate.  

The Forest Plan is available to download below in PDF format or alternatively viewable online within the Survey.

This part of the consultation will run until 27th November 2017

 

 

What Happens Next

Once this online Stakeholder Consultation has closed, we will examine the feedback and where possible, will incorporate suggestions into the Forest Plan.

We will then submit the Forest Plan to Forest Services, the regulatory arm of the Forestry Commission, for any further consultation required prior to approval.

Audiences

  • Landowner / manager
  • Forestry Commission staff
  • Forest visitor
  • Forestry Commission agent / contractor / partner
  • Government department / agency or unitary authority
  • Non-Governmental Organisation / charity
  • Wildlife management
  • Wood processor - including timber and woodfuel production
  • Woodland group
  • South England

Interests

  • Recreation
  • Timber, wood products and woodfuel
  • Grants and licences
  • Woodland management
  • Wildlife management
  • Pests and Diseases
  • Forest design plans