Worcestershire Woodland Guidelines
These guidelines allow you to visit
Woodland Guidelines map to
access guidance on the biodiversity and landscape aspects
of native woodland planting and management in
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
The biodiversity guidance is
based on ecological zones derived from work to develop
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 (3MB) 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 (974KB) and national guidance on
Managing Ancient and Native Woodland (2.8MB).
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.
The 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 14 May 2013 at 11:29.
The page is next due for review 10 November 2014.