The active management of woodlands will contribute towards delivery of a wide range of benefits including biodiversity, flood mitigation, water quality, carbon capture, landscape value and timber production.

Woodland management frequently requires the removal of some trees. The felling of trees (and their ultimate restocking with new ones) is a critical part of management as it contributes to the species and structural diversity that is so important to our woodland health and wildlife. Felling of trees also unlocks important opportunities for timber and wood-fuel production which, in turn, reduces our dependency on imported goods.

For many landowners, understanding how to go about managing their woodland (particularly tree felling and timber marketing) can be a daunting prospect. This brief guide is intended to help people through the journey of realising a woodland management project – how to begin, who to engage, what regulations may apply, and how to make sure your objectives are met.

This report was produced by FCF Expert Provider English Woodland Forestry with support from the Forestry Commission Innovation Fund.