Woodland Management & Planting

Woodland Management & Planting

The Forest of Avon Trust is committed to getting woodland in to active management and planting new woodlands as part of the Forest of Avon. To date, the charity has produced Forestry Commission approved management plans for 850ha local woodland and over 1,000,000 trees have been planted within the Forest of Avon.

Woodland Management

Woodland Improvement grants are available under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. These provide funding for a five- year programme of work to improve woodland and can be linked to capital payments for related work.

To apply for these grants you have to have a current Forestry Commission woodland management plan, which also provides a 10- year Felling Licence for the work you want to undertake.

If you have woodland totalling 3ha+ on your holding, we can produce your woodland management plan for free, in return for the Woodland Planning Grant.  

Interested? (Even if you are outside Avon), then please contact Executive Director: Jon Clark on: jonclark@forestofavontrust.org or (0117) 963 3383 for a without obligation discussion about the options and the grant payments you could receive to help you manage your woodland.

We are also interested to hear from small woodland owners.

Woodland Planting

We can provide a free, without obligation meeting with anyone interested in planting woodland in Avon; just contact Jon Clark on: jonclark@forestofavontrust.org or (0117) 963 3383. (Please do also contact Jon if you want to discuss planting options elsewhere.)

Details of Countryside Stewardship Scheme options for woodland are available here.

Jon Clark has worked at a senior level in community forestry for 25 years and has extensive experience of planning, designing, project managing and establishing woodlands. Jon is also a Chartered Town Planner & Landscape Architect.

Ash Dieback Disease

Unfortunately this is spreading to some of the newer woodlands planted as part of the Forest of Avon. Please refer here for the latest reporting and monitoring requirements.  Our Woodland Management Plans respond by setting out a thinning regime which progressively reduces the proportion of common ash in affected woodlands.

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