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Making woodlands work

Making Woodlands Work

Woodland management is the long-term maintenance of woodland that delivers business and woodland management plan objectives, and unlocks extra income.

Most notably, the commercial benefits can include income from timber sales, game shoots, tourism or by adding to the capital value of your estate.
As well as providing commercial benefits, woodlands are a valuable resource which can provide wildlife habitats and biodiversity, serve as a pleasant place to visit and offer protection from flooding. They also act as a shelter belt, improve water quality and provide soil protection. You can find out more about the different benefits actively managed woodlands can offer:

Suite of online resources - provide guidance for landowners looking for advice on woodland management.

Case studies - ilustrate what other landowners are doing.

The benefits of managed woodland

If you own a woodland, you have a valuable resource at your fingertips. While meeting your own objectives you also maintain England’s treasured landscapes and wildlife. Woodland makes up about one million hectares, or 10 per cent of England, and many land owners are reaping the rewards their woodlands have to offer – it might be easier than you think.

Enhancing capital value

It's important to consider how active management can develop rewards in the short and long-term. Take advantage of the natural products grown in your woodland (both wood and game meat) and the space it offers, by boosting your income through sales of timber and woodfuel, commercial shoots and deer stalking, and the 250 million annual woodland visitors nationally.

Wildlife and game

Wild animals benefit from diverse and well managed habitats.

Future proofing

Woodlands with different tree species, ages and management regimes are more resilient to storms, pests, disease and fire, and reduce the extent of damage caused by flooding.

Careful woodland management can improve water quality and help to reduce flood risk.

How can we help you to grow your woodland business?

From accessing various grants to advising how to produce an effective woodland management plan, our woodland experts can help you to:

  • Manage your woodland your way
  • Apply for financial support, such as Countryside Stewardship, in exchange for carrying out environmentally beneficial works on your woodland
  • Obtain more information on how to achieve multiple benefits, including tax advantages and Grown in Britain licensing
  • Boost your income, and take advantage of the demand for home-grown timber and woodfuel

We work with the land management and forestry sector, and an experienced supply chain, to help you get the most from your woodlands.

Stay ahead of the curve and maximise the benefits from your land’s potential by actively managing your woodland – while protecting it for future generations to come and creating a long term investment.


“It’s too expensive” – there are multiple opportunities for you to access funding, and the timber and wood-fuel markets are growing as it’s economically viable to manage woodland.

"It’s best to leave it to nature” – Some woodland owners decide to leave their woods untouched; because this is a conscious decision, it can be part of a management plan. However, it’s important to consider how intervention can develop rewards in the short and long-term.

“It’s too complicated” – we can help you find the support you need.

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Last updated: 13th February 2018

What's of interest

Funding opportunities are available via the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) to help make England’s agriculture and forestry sectors more competitive, improve the quality of life in rural areas and diversify rural economies.

The Countryside Stewardship scheme provides farmers, land managers and foresters access to funding to protect, improve and expand their woodland. As part of this, support is available year-round to create a woodland management plan.

Forestry businesses can also access funding to help them enhance the value of a woodland or improve a forestry product.

Skills Action Plan

Learn about support and training programmes to develop skills in the forestry sector

So, you own a woodland?

A handy guide to owning a woodland