To think beyond a lifetime requires a plan...

Updated 25th April 2022

In 2019 Forestry England embarked on a project to reshape and redirect land management and set new direction for the nation's forests here in the Forest of Dean.

Our Shared Forest set a vision to nurture a shared forest unlike any other.  Allowing the decisions taken to be guided by the natural potential of the land, as well as varied influences of the ever-changing world.  The commitments set out will create a diverse and inclusive forest that is a global example of what can be achieved through forward thinking forestry.

The first of six forest plans, Parkend Walk and Blakeney Hill Walk Forest Plan has been drafted and consulted on.


What is a Forest Plan?

A Forest Plan provides a description of the woods as they are today. It outlines what we have considered when deciding how it should be managed.  It describes how the forest will develop over time and include specific information about approved tree felling, replanting and regeneration over the next ten years.



What is Our Shared Forest

Our Shared Forest is a project to reshape and redirect our land management – to set a new direction for the public forest estate here in the Dean.

The world is changing, it always has. The climate is changing, it always has. 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.

This new Land Management Plan sets out an agreed, understood and supported direction to guide what the Forest will look like, feel like and be like in 100 years’ time. From this, we will create the more detailed Forest Plans that will direct the operational activity in the decades ahead.


Consultation and engagement

In developing the Land Management Plan we have sought views from a wide cross section of individuals and organisations that live and work within the Forest.

Between October and December 2018 we engaged with over 200 stakeholders including Forestry England staff, local

Councillors, Tourism Providers, Foresters’ Forest project leaders and community groups to gather opinion and insight to develop the land management principles and commitments.

In January and February 2019 we consulted on a draft plan which attracted 1164 responses.

Main headlines from the consultation were:

  • 78% of respondents agreed the plan identifies the right commitments and focus for land management of the public forest estate in the Forest of Dean
  • 72% of respondents agreed with the long-term vision for land management of the public forest estate in the Forest of Dean

Survey responses, including just over 2500 individual comments, have been analysed and amendments made to the vision and land management commitments now published in this final plan.

Read the full consultation report.