Site Visit 4 – New approaches to woodland management and wooded landscape recovery plans

Event date: 26 July, 2018

Hosted by the Woodland Trust this visit took conference delegates to Longbeech Wood. As a recent Woodland Trust Demonstration site where an open book approach has been developed to consider innovative woodland management approaches, they saw how they are responding to PAWs issues, tree health, deer management and generating profitable forestry management in combination with landscape and access management. The visit then went to the Hucking Estate, a significant landscape restoration site owned by the Woodland Trust within the Kent Downs AONB.

Both sites respond to critical issues in landscape management and significant pressures particularly on our wooded landscapes. The Hucking Estate is an example of how we might generate a recovery plan in a damaged landscape (for instance in response to tree disease, or in this case in response to ‘power farming’). Whilst Ash Dieback was not a theme of this trip there were clear impacts as delegates visited the landscape.

Themes

  • Enhancing natural beauty, heritage and engagement with the natural environment
  • Reducing the risks of harm from environmental hazards
  • Thriving plants and wildlife

Output and outcomes

Delegates learnt about managing forestry in an economic and sensitive manner and learned about the Woodland Trusts’ Demonstration Sites Programme. The site visit also considered approaches to landscape recovery plans, something which will be necessary in the future.

Leader

  • Clive Steward, Site Manager, Hucking Estate

Photo Credits: Claire Inglis