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Allerthorpe Forest Plan

Allerthorpe Forest Plan is currently under consultation  

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Allerthorpe Forest is part of a network of forests managed by Forestry England (FE), Yorkshire Forest District, located within the York Beat. It is situated approximately 5 km west of Pocklington.

Over the past 13 years, species composition has changed markedly with a reduction in the proportion of pine and felled areas. Broadleaf species and open ground cover a larger area and the addition of fir and spruce has increased the range of conifer species across the forest.

Recent strip felling is providing further structural diversity by gradually reducing the proportion of 1960’s pine crops with more contemporary mixed conifer crops.

Objectives

The main objectives of the plan are;

Social

  • Maintain and improve the woodlands contribution to the landscape character within the East Riding of Yorkshire – Newton upon Derwent, Wilberfoss, Allerthorpe and Hayton Farmland character type. To be measured by fixed-point photography.
  • Work with and provide volunteering opportunities that derive benefits to both the participants and the woodland. To be measured through FC systems.

Environment

  • Improve the resilience of the natural environment to pests, diseases and wildfires and realise the potential of these woods for nature and wildlife, to be measured by Natural England and FC systems.
  • Improve and maintain the cultural and ecological heritage value of these woods, to be measured by FC systems.

Economic

  • Maintain the land within our stewardship under UKWAS certification, to be measured by independent surveillance audits.
  • Improve the economic resilience of these woods from a more diverse range of site appropriate conifer and broadleaf species, to be measured by FC systems.

What we will do

The plan details management operations including approved felling and restocking for the 10 years through until 2030, with outline proposals for a 50 year period.

Allerthorpe Forest will be managed using Lower Impact Silvicultural Systems (LISS) through the Strip Shelterwood silvicultural system. During the plan period, it is proposed areas of LISS where crops are over 25 years old will receive a silvicultural intervention (thinning or regeneration felling).

The planned areas of regeneration felling and restocking during the ten years to 2030 are summarised in the table.

Hectares

Conifer

Broadleaf

Open

Lower Impact Silvicultural Systems regeneration felling

11.0

 

 

Restocking

11.0

 

 

The current proportions of conifer, broadleaf and open space habitat and projected in 50 years’ time are shown below.

 

Habitat type - (based on principal species established)

Area – hectares 

2020     

Area – hectares

 2070

% age of total area

 2020

% age of total area

2070

 

Conifer

108.97     

97.24

74

 66

 

Broadleaf

23.95     

29.92

16          

20

 

Open inc. agriculture, successional wooded heath, riparian corridors, road/ride side corridors etc

10.38

16.14

 

7           

11        

  

Lowland heathland SSSI5.00         5.003                3