We will be timber harvesting in Hopton Wood from November 2021

Updated 22nd November 2021

The works will impact some of the cycling trails and paths, the car park and access points.  This page provides more information about what work we are doing and why.

What is happening?

We are thinning trees in the hatched areas shown on the map. This means that we are removing selected trees to give the remaining trees more space to grow to their potential and let more light onto the forest floor. This improves the habitat for ground flora and the wildlife it supports.

Map of forest operations at Hopton Wood


The blue areas shown on the map will be clearfelled as part of the sustainable forest management plan.  This means that we will remove all the conifers and ash trees in these sections of Hopton Wood.  The ash trees are being removed for safety reasons as they are infected with Chlara (Ash Dieback).

All of the timber from Hopton Wood is certified as being sustainably produced and will support local and UK markets.  The timber removed from this wood will go to Pontrilas sawmills in Hereford, to produce construction materials, fencing materials and other timber products.

Can I still visit Hopton Wood?

The most important thing for Forestry England is to keep the public, our staff, and contractors safe. The map shows the warm up loop in dark blue, Pearce XC cycle trail in red and the downhill trails in black, so the areas that will be affected by forest operations (marked in blue) can be seen. The forest is still open for you to visit but please follow all signs, diversions and closures at all times. These are for your safety, whether or not you can see or hear us working. This will help us to finish working as quickly as possible. Forestry work is very hazardous. A falling tree can weigh several tonnes and hit the ground at nearly 60mph. If a harvesting machine chainsaw snaps, it can fly through the forest like a bullet.

What about the wildlife?

Harvesting trees is an important part of a sustainable forest lifecycle and well managed forests support more wildlife. Before we start any forestry work, our wildlife ranger carries out an environmental assessment to check wildlife such as birds, mammals, invertebrates, flora, and fungi. We consider these findings against complex factors including tree health, terrain, soil condition, and likely rainfall when planning work that will support our long-term management plan.

We will continue to check for wildlife while working and will adapt, pause or suspend work if we find any animal that must be protected.

If you have any questions about these forestry operations, please contact the local office.

Email: marchesforests@forestryengland.uk

Tel: 0300 067 6977