High Stand Forest Plan
High Stand lies in the Eden Valley six miles south west of Carlisle between the villages of Armathwaite & Cotehill. Acquired freehold and extending to 250 hectares, the woodland originally formed part of the old Inglewood Forest and was already partially afforested when purchased by the Forestry Commission in 1954. The first Forest Design Plan was approved in 2002.
The woodland is relatively flat having few features of topographical interest and so does not form a major landscape feature. It is mainly visible from the surrounding villages and network of connecting B roads.
Much of the conservation interest lies around the woodland’s network of ponds and its function as a wildlife corridor to the adjoining ancient woodland and the River Eden Special Area of Conservation (SAC) via High Stand Gill. The surrounding over mature crop of broadleaves and mixed conifer species adds to the value of the habitat which has the potential to support several notable European Protected Species and UK Priority Species.
High Stand is well used by both the local community for informal recreation such as dog walking and horse riding and also by visitors of Englethwaite Hall Caravan Park. The forest roads and rides are supplemented by permissive paths or ‘desire lines’ that together form an extensive network covering most of the woodland. A circular walk around the fishing ponds links in with the public footpath that leads into the woodland from the vicinity of the Caravan Park.
There are no known designated archaeological features other than an old stone dam associated with High Stand Gill in the north of the woodland and an enclosure cropway partway over the north east boundary. As crops grow and felling proceeds other features of interest may be uncovered and will be protected as they are found.
• Manage all work in accordance with the District Strategic Plan, The Regional Forestry Framework, A Strategy for England’s Trees, Woods and Forests and the UK Woodland Assurance Scheme
• Consult and inform stakeholders, visitors and the local community about the ongoing and future management of the forest through local meetings, regional website and temporary information signing where appropriate
• Take every opportunity to regularly thin the forest
• Monitor levels of natural regeneration and manage accordingly
• Take into account developing advice on adapting to and mitigating against the impacts of climate change
The next 5 years
• Maintain and enhance the conservation area
• Achieve the proposed felling and restocking plan
• Control broadleaved regrowth along permitted paths
• Control broadleaved regrowth in restocked areas
• Establish access to the south western felling coupe
• Address anti-social issues at the main car park
What we'll do
Due to the surrounding topography, High Stand does not form a major landscape feature externally. Existing broadleaves on the outside edges of the woodland mimic the hedgerows and fragmented woodlands in the wider environment. Internal aspects are an important consideration with the network of rides forming an important feature and broadleaves already present alongside forest roads and paths will be retained and encouraged to fringe the planted conifer areas and enhance the visitor experience. It is anticipated that the level of usage will continue as before and recreation will remain low-key and informal.
The current plan outlines management proposals including felling and restocking over several decades, with felling licence approval for operations up until 2019.
For further information regarding species composition and the future management of High Stand, please refer to the full plan below.