Shape the future of forest management in the Forest of Dean

The Forestry Commission is asking residents and visitors to the Forest of Dean to take part in a consultation for a new land management plan for the public forest estate – Our Shared Forest.
Our Shared Forest aims to reshape and redirect the way the public forest estate in the Forest of Dean is managed. The plan sets out key principles of land management ranging from caring and developing the trees and woodlands to how people use the forest for activity and leisure.
Kevin Stannard, Deputy Surveyor of the Forest of Dean & Forest Management Director for the West England Forest District said;
“The world is changing, climate is changing and society is changing, it always has. But the pace of change is speeding up, and the impacts on our Forest over the next generation of trees and people will be profound.
Through Our Shared Forest we are searching for an agreed, understood, and supported direction from which we will create the more detailed Forest Plans that will direct the operational activity in the decades ahead.”
This is a great opportunity to be involved in the development of an ambitious long-term vision for the Forest’s future and set out new approaches to forestry and land management.


Notes to Editor

1.       Forestry Commission England is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Further information can be found at
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For more information and a copy of the draft consultation