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Woodland Planting Credits
The Condition and Isolation of Ancient
Most ancient woodlands in the
county survive as isolated fragments. The physical and genetic
isolation of woodland plants and animals has led to a decline in
biodiversity and the ability of species to cope with forces such as
climate change. This has been compounded by changes in the
agricultural landscapes around woodlands - particularly the decline
in hedgerows and the improvement of grasslands - which have further
reduced biodiversity and opportunities for migration. Many ancient
woodlands have been heavily modified by the planting of exotic or
commercial species including a number that were clear felled and
replanted in the 20th century - these woodlands often contain relics
of the flora and fauna of ancient woodland.
- To encourage the protection of ancient
semi-natural woodlands - and particularly through the adoption of
policies in Development Plans which protect woodlands from the
impacts of development.
- To encourage the conservation and
enhancement of semi-natural woodlands through appropriate
- To encourage the restoration of damaged or
replanted ancient woodlands by selective felling and restocking -
either by natural regeneration or planting native species of local
- To encourage the establishment of new native
woodlands to extend, and improve links between, isolated woods.
- To encourage the re-establishment or
positive management of linear features like hedgerows connecting
existing or new woodlands.
- To promote a 'whole landscape' approach to
the management and creation of native
Conserving and Managing Existing
Some woodlands, and particularly smaller
broadleaved woodlands, receive little active management. Traditional
management techniques like coppicing have generally been abandoned
for some time. Where woods are grazed - particularly a problem with
upland gill woods - there is little natural regeneration and the
woodlands are in decline in their physical extent and their
landscape and wildlife value.Objectives
- To encourage the protection and conservation
of the county's woodlands.
- To encourage the appropriate management of
woodlands to maximise their environmental value and ensure their
long term viability and productivity. In particular:
- To promote understanding of the management
requirements of the varied woodland types within the county.
- To promote the adoption of woodland management
plans and encourage greater participation in woodland grant
- To adopt the Forestry Stewardship Council standard
for the management of the Council's woodlands and promote its
- To support woodland management initiatives such as
the Northwoods project.
- To encourage and promote greater involvement
of local communities in the management, planting and care of
woodlands and trees in their neighbourhoods.
How Woodland Planting Credits Are Used
When you purchase a Meadow Planting Credit, you are investing into your and your children's future. The money is used to assist farmers and landowners to plan, restore and impliment a Meadow Planting project. The benefits are numerous and the return on investment is priceless.