Worcestershire Woodland Guidelines
These guidelines allow you to visit our Worcestershire
Woodland Guidelines map to access guidance on the
biodiversity and landscape aspects of native woodland planting and
management in Worcestershire.
The guidelines are intended to help create new or manage existing
woodland in ways which complement or improve the current woodland
landscape character and ecology of the county.
This information is aimed at professionals working in forestry,
nature conservation, agriculture and land-use planning. But it will
also be of value to land owners, community groups, students and
anyone who has an interest in trees, woodland and the
The landscape guidance is based on the county Landscape
Character Assessment and provides detailed recommendations
on the pattern, size and location of woodland planting.
The biodiversity guidance is based on ecological zones derived
from work to develop Natural
Areas for Worcestershire. It provides advice on which
species to choose to best reflect the natural woodland communities
prevalent in the area.
The accompanying document
Trees and Woodland in Worcestershire (PDF 3 MB) gives the
background to how these sources came to be used to develop the
guidance, a history of the development of trees and woodland in
Worcestershire and an overview of the current coverage and status.
This includes the range of semi-natural habitats found in or
associated with woodland in the county, and recommendations for how
these habitats could be accommodated within planting schemes. This
information should be read in conjunction with the Forestry
Commission guides on new planting.
It is important to note that the Worcestershire Woodland
Guidelines do not present an all-embracing guide to the creation
and management of woodland and tree cover – their focus is purely
landscape and biodiversity. Information on, for example, the
commercial aspects of timber growing and/or archaeological
considerations should be sought elsewhere. The guidance is
intended to complement other documents such as the Forestry
Forestry Standard (PDF 974 KB) and national guidance on
Managing Ancient and Native Woodland (PDF 2.8 MB)
To provide broader regional context, we recommend that the
Worcestershire Woodland Guidelines are considered in addition to
the Forestry Commission's regional Woodland
This piece of work looks at the potential for woodland creation
across the region within four theme areas – landscape,
biodiversity, cultural heritage and access. For each of these
themes, maps of the region are provided which divide the Region
into three zones for woodland creation – 'preferred', 'neutral' and
'sensitive' (where woodland creation is not targeted,
although at a site level it is still possible that woodland
could be appropriate in sensitive areas).
Get in touch for more information on the Worcestershire
For more information on the Worcestershire Woodland Guidelines
you can contact the Environmental Policy team by Email.
Or by post:
Worcestershire County Council
Telephone: 01905 766723.
- Forestry Commission
website of the government department responsible for the protection
and expansion of Britain's forests and woodlands.
An article about the process of
developing natural areas for Worcestershire.
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This page was last reviewed 23 December 2013 at 16:03.
The page is next due for review 21 June 2015.