Sustainable Woodland Management

Surrey is the most wooded county in England, with over 12,000 hectares of ancient woodland.

Many of these woodlands have legal designations for their wildlife importance and are greatly valued by the visiting public.

We manage approximately 1,300 hectares of woodland across Surrey. Many of these woodlands have legal designations for their wildlife importance and are greatly valued by the visiting public.

Surrey Wildlife Trust manages its woodlands to maximise biodiversity and promote public access and enjoyment. In addition SWT seeks to maximise economic returns from active woodland management where this does not compromise biodiversity and access objectives.

To ensure woodland management is carried out in line with the agreed policy and that there is coherence and consistency across the woodland estate, a structured and methodical approach has been adopted.

SWT Woodland Management Process

  1. Inventory and Assessment >>
  2. Forestry Commission Woodland Management Plan/Felling Licence application >> 
  3. Work Programme >> 
  4. Site Operations Plan >> 
  5. Woodland Operations carried out >> 
  6. Recording and Monitoring