Clumber Forest Plan

About

The Clumber Forest Plan sets out our management proposals for the next 50 years and facilitates approval for felling and thinning, both conventional and unconventional, for the next 10 years.

The plan area covers Apleyhead, Carburton, Clumber and Elkesley and all of the woodlands lie within 7.5 miles of Worksop.

This plan contains areas of high importance for Economy, Wildlife and People and will set out how the Clumber area will continue to deliver for these priorities in the next 10 years and beyond.

Objectives

The main objectives for the Clumber Forest Plan are:

Economic

  • Maintain a structured programme of thinning for timber production to achieve the maximum sustainable cut whilst focussing on crop improvement.
  • Select suitable species and appropriate silvicultural techniques to regenerate commercially productive but more structurally and species diverse and resilient forests.

Environmental

  • Consider the needs of SSSIs on neighbouring land.
  • Take into account aims of the district Invasive Species Strategy.
  • Identify key species and habitats and make appropriate provision for their requirements.

Social

  • Diversify species composition and structure, and plan sympathetically designed and appropriately scaled interventions to improve and maintain the visual integration of the forest into the wider landscape.
  • Give consideration to the level of visitor pressure within the Clumber Park area.
  • Recognise the location and scale of demand in making appropriate provision for public access, where there is open access woodland or public rights of way.

What we’ll do

Planned operations within the 10 year period of the plan are summarised below:

  • Felling of 104.4ha of conifers and 24.1ha of broadleaves. 
  • Thinning of 1988.2ha.
  • Restocking of 93.4ha of conifers and 21.4ha of broadleaves.
  • Underplanting of 207ha.

The species composition will also change from 64.7% conifer, 26.6% broadleaf and 8.7% open and other in 2017 to 56.4% conifer, 35.3% broadleaf and 8.3% open and other in 2067.

All of our forests and woodlands in this Forest District are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™). All Forestry Commission forests and woods are independently certified as sustainably managed, to continue to benefit future generations.

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