Denham Wood is a working woodland producing sustainable timber. We are working here until the end of September 2020. This page provides more information about the work we're doing.
What is happening?
Sections of the wood where the trees have grown very dense will be thinned. Almost all of Denham Wood is classed as a Plantation on Ancient WoodlandSite (PAWS) which means that we are gradually managing it back to the way it would have been several hundred years ago. By removing selected trees in these areas, we will give the remaining trees space to grow to their potential and let more light onto the forest floor. Thinning improves the habitat for important ground flora and the wildlife it supports.
This work will produce over 3000 tonnes of timber for local and national markets. The Douglas fir that we grow here is certified by FSC and PEFC as being sustainably produced. This high-quality, UK grown timber is highly sought after.
Can I still visit Denham Wood?
The most important thing for Forestry England is to keep the public, our staff, and contractors safe. The wood is still open for you to visit, but we will need to close areas at certain times to allow us to work nearby. Please follow all signs 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. Denham Wood is home to a variety of wildlife, including protected birds and mammals. Before we start any forestry work, we carry out thorough ecological surveys to check for species such as birds, mammals, rodents, invertebrates, flora, and fungi. We consider these findings against complex factors including tree health, how the ground slopes, soil condition, and likely rainfall when planning work that will support our long-term management plan. This thinning project has been scheduled after the end of the raptor nesting season to minimise the risk of disturbing nesting birds of prey. But 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.
Where can I find out more?
You can read our full management plan for Denham Wood in the Tamar Valley Forest Plan.