Sotby Forest Plan

Sotby Forest Plan


The Sotby Forest Plan comprises a single block of woodland situated to the east of Wragby in Lincolnshire, just to the north of the A158. The 116 hectares covered by the plan is all freehold; managed by the Forestry Commission and open for public access.

The woodland is a mixture of broadleaf and conifer species and has no formal environmental or heritage designations. It has a healthy level of access by members of the public, although it has no formal recreation facilities.


The main objectives for Sotby Forest Plan are:


  • Continue timber production through a structured and sustained programme of clearfell and thinning to include infrastructure requirements (roads and main drains).
  • Select suitable species and appropriate silvicultural techniques to regenerate (either naturally or through planting) commercially productive but more structurally and species diverse and resilient crops.
  • In areas where there is evidence that the water table is close to the surface, propose alternative silvicultural systems to allow successful establishment of productive crops.


  • Demonstrate appropriate management to maintain the current extent and ecological value of the non-designated priority habitats.
  • Identify existing locations of tress of special interest and demonstrate appropriate management to both maintain the current resource and to recruit future veteran replacements.
  • Identify appropriate areas to increase deadwood habitat and propose management to maintain a sustainable resource.
  • Identify key species and sites and make appropriate provision for their requirements.


  • 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.
  • Recognise the location and scale of demand in making appropriate provision for public access.

What we’ll do

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

  • Felling of 24.2ha of conifers and 4ha of broadleaves.
  • Restocking of 19.7ha of conifers and 1.5ha of broadleaves. 

The species composition will also change from 54.4% conifers, 34.5% broadleaf and 11.1% open in 2016 to 50.7% conifer, 32.1% broadleaf, and 17.2% open in 2066.

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 England forests and woods are independently certified as sustainably managed, to continue to benefit future generations.

FSC logo and PEFC logo in green