Looking after a woodland for your community throws up many challenges and questions - in these resources you will find some answers.

New additions are welcome - a collective effort of Llais y Goedwig members, this library is growing all the time.

Undertake woodland management

Woodland management is vital for community woodlands  – it’s planning the future.

As trees are slow growing and long lived then woodland management has to take both a long term and a short term view. Short term is usually five years whilst long term is forty or fifty years. Access – for people and wildlife, sight lines, density of woodland cover, likely rate of tree growth are all considerations in management planning.

Management planning

Planning need not be complex – it is considering how a wood will look in the future and how it will happen.

Licenses and permissions

Working in a woodland may need licenses – for thinning or felling, or legal permissions – such as planning consents for structures.

Safety and skills

Having safe systems of work, and the appropriate skills, is important when using tools and equipment in the wood.

Broadleaved woodland

Broadleaf trees – such as oak or beech– may need particular planning, being more slow growing and long lasting than conifers.

Conifer woodlands

Coniferous trees are often grown in plantation style – close together. Quick growing, they need a planned thinning regime.

Managing for wildlife

To encourage wildlife, take time to observe what already exists and look to encourage different types of habitat.

Managing for timber

For timber, observe what grows well on the site, and think how timber will be accessed for thinning and felling.

Urban Woodlands

Woodland management is essential, both rurally and in urban environments.

Diseases, pest and non-native species

Climate Change


Many woodlands come with layers of social, cultural and environmental history to investigate and preserve.

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