Managing ancient and native woodland in England

Good practice guidance on woodland management and planning, including species conservation, for owners of ancient and native woodland.

Applies to England



The guide includes the following information:

  • woodland assessment and monitoring
  • management planning
  • woodland structure
  • tree species composition
  • restocking
  • open areas within woodland
  • species management
  • species conservation
  • recreational, educational and sporting uses

The guidance looks to the future, incorporating guidance on how to help woodlands adapt to climate change and the challenges it brings. It also includes guidance on harvesting woodfuel from native woodland in ways that will enhance biodiversity and heritage. Most importantly it introduces greater flexibility, encouraging new and innovative approaches to woodland management.

Published 1 January 2010