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Plan an event or activity

If you wish to use one or more of our woodlands to host a sport or educational event or activity, or for scientific research, you must first apply for a permit.

Please be aware that a permit application should be made no less than 8 weeks before the date of your proposed event or activity.

Why you need a permit

We work to maintain our woodlands for people to enjoy, wildlife to flourish and trees to thrive. For us to achieve all three, we have to monitor the impact that all uses of our woodlands have.

In order to mitigate these potential impacts, we assess and charge for each permission application. The income from permissions goes directly to caring for our woodlands to ensure they are still there to be used for events and activities in the future.

What you need a permit for

The nation’s forests are used by people in many ways. If any of the following applies to your proposed use of our woodland, then you need a permit.

  • If your event /activity will involve more than 10 people
  • If you will be charging people for your event/activity
  • If your event / activity will have an impact on the land
  • If your event /activity involves scientific research

How to apply for a permit

To get started, simply contact the relevant email address below. It can take a long time for our staff to process these applications as they have to be consulted by staff from all departments before approving or denying them. To help speed up this process, you must include the following in your email:

  • An outline of your proposed event, activity, or reason for your permit application.
  • Details of your organisation or group (if applicable) including contact details.
  • Proposed date and location (the more specific, the better)
  • A copy of your risk assessment and level of Public Liability Insurance (if applicable)

North England

enquiries.northengland@forestryengland.uk

Yorkshire

yorkshire.FDO@forestryengland.uk 

Central England

central.district@forestryengland.uk

East England

Kent and East Sussex (including Bedgebury): bedgebury@forestryengland.uk

Thames Chase and the Chilterns (including Wendover): jill.mead@forestryengland.uk  

Thetford and the Sandlings (including High Lodge): enquiries.eastfd@forestryengland.uk

West England

North Permissions West England: northpermissions.westengland@forestryengland.uk  

Central Permissions West England: centralpermissions.westengland@forestryengland.uk

South Permissions West England: southpermissions.westengland@forestryengland.uk

South England

Southern.Permissions@forestryengland.uk

Westonbirt

Westonbirt@forestryengland.uk