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Forestry operations at Lydford Forest

Updated 29th March 2021

Lydford Forest is a working woodland producing sustainable timber. We are working here from 5 February until late April 2021. This page provides more information about the work we're doing.

What is happening?

In some areas of the wood, sections of trees have blown over. When trees blow over, it can leave the neighbouring trees more vulnerable to wind, and this has created progressive ‘windblow’. This is a safety hazard and is also causing access problems.

We are removing all the trees to make these areas safe, and getting them ready to replant in the future. All the timber we remove is certified as being sustainably produced and will support local and UK markets. When the ground has rested, we will replant a diverse mixture of broadleaf and conifer trees that will improve stability and create a more varied habitat.

Can I still visit Lydford Forest?

The most important thing for Forestry England is to keep the public, our staff, and contractors safe. Lydford Forest is closed to all public access during this work. 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. Lydford Forest 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 project has been scheduled before the bird nesting season, to minimise the risk of disturbing nesting birds. 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 Lydford Forest online.