Woodland contributes a great deal to the landscape and wildlife value of the National Park. Existing woodland often needs management to increase conservation benefits.
New native woodland is encouraged in suitable areas of the Park, particularly where there are opportunities to develop woodland habitat networks.
As well as biodiversity networks and landscape enhancement, the benefits of planting new woodland include:
- Potential for stock shelter, timber or sporting use
- Increasing the capital value of land and contributing to farm diversification initiatives
- Using unproductive or problem land
- Farm Woodland Payments income
The National Park Authority is actively seeking landowners and partners to create woodland across the National Park. Funding is available for deciduous woodland planting projects of 1 hectare (2.5 acres) or above, and can cover the total costs of planting and establishment for eligible schemes.
Alasdair Fagan, Woodland Creation Officer
T: 01439 772700
The National Park Authority sees the restoration of ancient woodlands planted with conifers (Plantations on Ancient Woodland Sites – PAWS) as a key conservation priority. 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.
For woodland management, new native woodland planting, and PAWS restoration, 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
T: 01439 772700
Natural England - Countryside Stewardship Scheme