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Woodland Management Planning


About This Course

Welcome to our free Woodland Management Planning course. This course has been developed to support woodland owners to create woodland management plans in England, including: 

  • Why we create woodland management plans 
  • How to develop objectives for the woodland
  • Surveying needs
  • Creating appropriate maps 
  • Planning operations 
  • The management plan creation and submission process 

The formal process outlined in this course is relevant for woodlands, and woodland creation, in England. However, the creation of a woodland management plan will be of interest to anyone in the UK, including those not currently considering submitting a formal management plan, but who wish to take the next steps towards managing their woodland sustainably.  


By the end of the course you should know:

  • How the woodland management planning process works and what you need to do to complete one  
  • How and why the woodland management plan supports woodland owners to meet the standards of sustainable woodland management 
  • What different support mechanisms are available during the process 
  • How to create a woodland management plan and prepare it for submission 
  • How to use online tools to aid management planning and submission  


This resource is relevant to owners and managers of woodlands of all types, large and small, new and long-standing, and forestry practitioners and students of forestry and allied sectors. In short, anyone with an interest in woodland management in the UK. The resources have been developed to provide next-steps information and supplement existing learning resources and guidance materials.  

Course Staff

Carrie Hedges 

Carrie is a forestry consultant specialising in providing landowner advice, research development, and authoring training materials in woodland creation and management and related environmental subjects. She is a PhD Researcher looking at the habitat preferences and influence of climate on montane scrub trees in the UK. Previously, Carrie worked for Forestry and Land Scotland, then in several roles at the University of Cumbria including teaching conservation strategies and ecology, various research and development roles in outdoor learning and nature connection, and interdisciplinary land management and policy as the Development Officer at the Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas. 


Evolving Forests

Evolving Forests work focuses on resilient future forestry through the development of innovative localised supply chains, and storytelling with film and other media. Consisting of foresters, ecologists, filmmakers, and built environment professionals the team are well placed to work along all areas of the resilient forestry and timber value chains. At Evolving Forests, we live to craft a deeper, more symbiotic relationship between humans and the trees we share the landscape with. The teamwork with people that want to use more timber but in a more considered way and with people who want to grow trees for the benefit of the ecosystem, society, and beyond.


This Woodland Management Planning course has been developed in partnership with the Sylva Foundation and Evolving Forests and was made possible with support from the Forestry Commission Woods into Management Forestry Innovation Fund. 


© Cumbria Woodlands 2023. All rights reserved. The content and learning materials provided with this course are provided as is and no warranty or guarantee is implied. All content and materials remain the property of their respective owner. Any commercial use is prohibited. You must not copy, disseminate, publish, or otherwise use these materials without the written permission of Cumbria Woodlands.

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