The Forest of Avon Trust has been running the Woodland Advisory Service on behalf of the Bathscape Partnership Project since October 2018, helping woodland owners and promoting better management of the beautiful natural woods surrounding the historic city of Bath.
We work with woodland owners across the Bathscape area to provide free, tailored advice and support with managing their woodlands, ensuring the long-term vitality of the woodland ecosystem as a critical part of the unique Bathscape landscape.
What is Bathscape?
The Bathscape Landscape Partnership is a project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, The World Heritage Enhancement Fund, Network Rail, Bath & North East Somerset Council and partner organisations, set up to protect and preserve the landscape in the area around Bath. The Bathscape project has received funding of £2.2 million to cover its many different activities from 2019-2024.
To help people in Bath to more closely connect with the landscape and the heritage around them, the Bathscape Landscape Partnership comprises 25 interconnected projects, under the key themes of exploring, restoring and learning. It will care for 80 hectares of woodland, 100 grasslands and 30 important viewpoints, and will create 12 new flower-rich meadows and survey 10 important archaeological sites.
What we can offer
As part of the Bathscape Partnership, our skilled advisors provide free advice to all woodland owners, large or small, within the Bathscape area. This ranges from a one-page summary report based on a remote discussion or site visit, through to producing a full Forestry Commission approved Woodland Management Plan providing more detailed guidance on management into the future. In all cases we will reflect landowner desires and objectives and set-out practical solutions to help sustain the woodlands within this hugely important landscape.
As part of our service, we can offer advice on improving biodiversity, managing ash dieback, coppicing, enrichment planting, grant funding, public rights of way and any other topics relevant to your woods.
Small grants for carrying out woodland management work may also be available under the Bathscape Landscape Partnership grant scheme, and we are happy to help provide advise or assistance in the application process for these.
How to get your woodland involved
If you have a woodland in the Bathscape area and are interested in receiving free advice from the Forest of Avon Trust, contact our woodland management officer Joe Cusworth to arrange a site visit.
Phone: 07961 461929
(If you are outside of the Bathscape area - Joe may be able to provide initial guidance and further work on a paid for basis. Please do get in touch if you seek woodland management advice.)