Will commercial forestry be bad for Broughton Woods?

Now that the golf course is off the menu for the woods the option to sell the woodland is back on the agenda and one of the suggested uses is as commercial forestry. Is this a bad thing? Well no, I don’t think so, for a number of reasons.

Broughton Woods – the local name for the woods within Broughton Village – are mainly Plantation of Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS) which means that they are ancient woodland and have been woodland for at least four hundred years, but in the last fifty years or so non-native, commercial timber has been planted on the site.

But forestry practices have changed since the last lot of trees were planted and modern forestry would manage these woods in a very different way.

Any felling has to be done with the permission of the Forestry Commission. The Forestry Commission are well aware that the site is ancient and will not be allowing a total clear fell. Any felling would have to be followed by replanting or natural regeneration and with the way that the current timber market is going the new trees would be predominantly native.

To make the site economically viable any new owner would probably look to the Forestry Commission for grant support which would tie them even closer into PAWS restoration and bring biodiversity benefits as the wood gradually returned to a more natural composition. But even better than that, grant support is available for access, which could reinstate the access which was so precipitately removed when the application for the golf course was submitted.

So actually, the site being bought for forestry purposes could be just the thing that the woods and the village are looking for – good management and access for quiet recreation.

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About Kaye Brennan

Senior Campaigner (Policy & Advocacy) for the Woodland Trust and Administrator, 'Woodland Matters' blog
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3 Responses to Will commercial forestry be bad for Broughton Woods?

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  2. Further to the item on commercial forestry with particular reference to Broughton Woods.

    Following the Enquiry in Public into the proposed golf course north lincolnshire council recieved over 150 requests for the making of a Tree Preservation Order. A report on this matter will be presented to the Council’s Planning Committee at the Council’s Pittwood House offices in Scunthorpe on Wednesday 12th January 2011 – committee commencing at 14:00 hrs.

    For access to the relevant commitee item please follow the link below:-

    http://www.northlincs.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/477A0950-7A20-4B3F-A6C0-EEFB44549158/45907/TPOBroughtonWoods.pdf

  3. As a members of the public, members of The Woodland Trust or Tree Wardens,it is incumbent upon us to protect Ancient Woodland. Asking the question ‘is it alright to fell trees in an Ancient Wood’ is like asking an innocent man if he’d like to be hung or asking whether the Elgin marbles should be smashed up.
    The new Government must be petitioned to help enshrine laws which will protect all our woodlands. Commercial activity which threatens woods which have taken four hundred years to grow should never be permitted.
    We are losing urban trees at an alarming rate because of the now common practice of felling individual trees falsely believed to be hazardous.The life of a single tree is of immense value, of an ancient tree even more so.
    There is never a case for environmental degredation.

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