Woodland contributes a great deal to the landscape and wildlife value of the National Park. Existing woodland often needs management to increase conservation benefits.
The National Park Authority sees the restoration of ancient woodlands as a key conservation priority especially those that have been planted with conifers. Planted conifers can restrict and alter the biodiversity of ancient woodland sites which could otherwise be a valuable biodiversity habitat. The Authority works with woodland owners and managers to achieve improvements in management, or restoration where possible. Work is also being carried out to remove unsightly conifer blocks from the landscape to be replaced by broadleaved woodland more beneficial to the natural environment.
For woodland management the Authority is able to provide advice and help for land managers and owners to obtain Countryside Stewardship grant. Grants are also available directly from the Authority in some circumstances.
Mark Antcliff, Woodland Officer
RPA - Countryside Stewardship Scheme