Guidance

Public registers and consultation on forestry projects

Use the public registers to find details on proposed forestry work and on decisions that the Forestry Commission has made to approve or reject proposals.

Access the public registers

How to use the ‘Consultation Register for Grant Schemes, Felling and EIA applications’ public register

This register shows details of applications in England for grant-aided woodland creation, for tree felling (excluding those only containing thinning) and for afforestation where an Environmental Impact Assessment – Full Notification decision is sought.

These proposals are published on the Consultation Register for 28 days, during which you are able to make comments on the proposals in relation to the requirements of the UK Forestry Standard.

The register shows the date on which the application was published and the date by which comments must be received. Comments received after the closing date will not be considered.

This register is also used to show details of Environmental Statements. These are required where we believe a project may have a significant effect on the environment. The project proposer will be required to seek advice and provide evidence to show how the impact identified may be mitigated. They will do this by writing an Environmental Statement. As part of our assessment of an Environmental Statement, we will publish details of the Environmental Statement on this register for public comment for a period of 30 days prior to making our final decision. We may consult other bodies before reaching a decision.

How to get more information or submit a comment on an application on the Consultation Register

You can submit a comment online by visiting the Consultation Register website and leaving your comment against the case you are interested in. Alternatively, you can submit a comment in writing (by emailing or sending a letter to the appropriate Forestry Commission Administrative hub, clearly quoting the case reference number).

Comments should relate to the proposal’s compliance with the UK Forestry Standard. Please use our guidance note, How to use the Forestry Commission Consultation Register and make comments online (PDF, 599KB, 2 pages).

Most applications are for forestry work on private land.

Your privacy

If you wish to submit a comment via the Public Register, your information will be protected in line with the Forestry Commissions Privacy Disclaimer. This can be found on the Consultation Register webpage.

How to use the ‘Decision Register for Grant Schemes, Felling and EIA decisions’ public register

This register shows details of our decisions in England on applications for grant-aided woodland creation, for tree felling (excluding those only containing thinning) and for Environmental Impact Assessments on forestry projects (afforestation, deforestation, forest roads and forest quarries). We may consult other bodies before reaching a decision.

These decisions are published on the Decision Register for 28 days.

The register shows details of the project type, the date that the decision was made, the decision outcome and when it expires.

No comments can be submitted on decided cases.

If you feel you need to make comment on a decision, you should direct your comment to the Area Director of the Forestry Commission Area team responsible for the original decision.

Legacy decisions

The Forestry Commission is required to keep a record of decisions, particularly in relation to Environmental Impact Assessment cases. If you require information about decisions that no longer show on the Decisions Register, please get in touch with us by emailing gr.support.england@forestrycommission.gov.uk.

Complaints

If you wish to complain about a decision, send your complaint to your local Area office in the first instance. Find out more about our complaints procedure

Contact the Forestry Commission

If you cannot access the public registers, or you have any problems using them, you can contact the Support team by emailing gr.support.england@forestrycommission.gov.uk.

Published 9 July 2018
Last updated 5 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. The 'How to use the Forestry Commission Consultation Register and make comments online' document has been updated.

  2. The new public registers have been added to this page.

  3. First published.