Wareham Forest is an ideal place to connect to nature
Forestry England’s tree planting has been carried out as part of an existing forest plan, which was developed in close consultation with a range of stakeholders and local communities, including nature charities. Successive plans for Wareham Forest over the last 30 years have delivered significant restoration of heathland and Forestry England has delivered more heathland restoration in Dorset than any other single landowner.
After the devastating fire, we carefully planted new trees amongst the surviving ones and considered where best to plant them before we went ahead. Our work will ensure that these young trees can reach maturity and really contribute to the goal of reaching net carbon zero. Also, we’ve left large areas unplanted, to expand existing areas of heathland and connect them through unplanted corridors. We discussed this with Natural England and agreed to leave some additional areas of open habitat following their advice.
The public response to the devasting fire indicated how much they love the existing forest and heathland landscape. Creating the right mix of habitats will take many years and we will continue to work closely with local partners to look after this special area.
The way we plan and manage Wareham Forest provides many benefits to the local community – allowing nature and biodiversity to thrive, supplying home-grown timber and bringing invaluable benefits to people’s health and wellbeing through free access to outdoor space, especially during these challenging times.
All the forests we look after have a forest plan which provides descriptions of the area and shows the process Forestry England goes through when deciding what is best for the woodlands in the long term. We aim to protect, improve and expand our forests through active management, so that we can protect our woodlands against pests and diseases, support our wood processing industries, maintain and improve the biodiversity of forests and make them attractive places for people to visit.
The Forest Plan for Wareham is due to be reviewed again very soon and we will welcome the opportunity to work with local people, neighbours and nature charities to frame the future landscape for Wareham Forest.
Further information about the current Forest Plan
At a glance
- Walking trail
- Well behaved dogs welcome