A new Forestry Commission campaign, Woodland Management Matters, was launched in September 2023 and will promote how the future health and resilience of woodlands can be secured through sustainable management.
From timber production, carbon sequestration and flood alleviation to wildlife habitats and improved livestock welfare, soil health and crop productivity, well-managed woodlands deliver a wide range of benefits. As part of the new campaign, the Forestry Commission will be sharing resources on understanding, detecting, and managing pest and diseases, how to manage the effects of climate change, and developing woodland management plans.
Management of Existing UK Woodlands: An Opportunity for Green Prosperity
Earlier this year, the Institute published a joint position paper with the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) on bringing more woods into active management. The paper calls on governments and agencies across the UK to bring about an urgent step change in the sustainable management of existing woodlands, arguing that woodland creation has been the too-narrow focus of policy in recent years, with existing woodlands remaining a missed opportunity.Read the paper