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Forest Management Plan Pilot Scheme

A Forest Management Plan can be used to authorise your thinning, felling and restocking proposals

A Forest Management Plan describes how you intend to sustainably manage your forest or woodland over a ten to twenty year period.

The plan sets out your management objectives, taking into account the woodland’s particular features, sensitivities and opportunities.

Forest Management Plans are currently being run as a pilot scheme until the end of December 2019. No new plans will be accepted on the pilot scheme after 31st December 2019.

Download the full Forest Management Plan guide

Benefits of a Forest Management Plan

A Forest Management Plan provides:

  • felling permission for your proposed thinning, felling and restocking for the first five years of your plan and outline approval for the following five years
  • background for short-term grant applications, including expressions of interest to Welsh Government planting and management grant schemes or applications for Farming Connect sustainable woodland management plans. Read more about Farming Connect on the Business Wales website
  • evidence of sustainable forest management where your forest or woodland is certified under the UK Woodland Assurance Scheme (UKWAS) 

When you need a Forest Management Plan

A Forest Management Plan should always be considered when you are practising the sustainable management of woodland and a longer-term plan is required. This might include where you:

  • are restructuring your forest
  • intend to clear-fell woodland within an at risk or failing acid sensitive catchment
  • your management has the potential to affect European or UK protected sites and you need to consider mitigation or avoidance measures
  • are managing a long-term change in tree species diversity because your forest or woodland is on an area of restorable deep peat or has areas of PAWS (a plantation on an ancient woodland site)

Who can apply for a Forest Management Plan

You can apply for a Forest Management Plan if:

  • you own the land on which the trees are growing
  • if you are a lessee and your lease entitles you to fell the trees
  • you can demonstrate you have a legal right to fell the trees

An agent acting for the owner or lessee may apply to fell the trees but the felling permission which will accompany your approved forest management plan will be issued in the name of the owner or the lessee of the land.

If you require the consent of any other person to fell the trees, then it is your responsibility to obtain this and you must provide us with details.

Would a felling licence be more appropriate?

A felling licence is a simpler way of obtaining permission to fell, if:

  • your woodland is less than two hectares
  • your woodland does not have complexities requiring long-term management
  • your proposed operations are relatively straightforward and short-term

Stand-alone felling licences are usually valid for two years for clear-felling licences and five years for thinning licences. 

Apply for a felling licence

How to apply

Download the application form to complete and email to: fellinglicence@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

Or you can print off the forms to complete and post.

Alternatively, you can contact us directly to request printed copies of the forms.

Tel. 0300 065 3000 and ask for a Forestry Permitting Officer

What to include in the application

Your application for a forest management plan will comprise the following:

  • the application form
  • a work programme
  • maps

You may also need to include supplementary forms and digital photographs with your application which will be added as schedules to your felling licence.

The separate guidance note contain more detail on each section of the form.

The amount of information you provide should reflect the size, complexity and sensitivity of your forest management unit and the nature and scale of the operations you are proposing over the period of your plan.

For further information download the Forest Management Plan guide

Related document downloads

Forest Management Plan supplementary form Complete this form if you are submitting an UKWAS plan or other type of existing management plan in support of your application for a Forest Management Plan. WORD [275.9 KB]
Forest Management Plan supplementary additional ownership Complete this form where there is more than one applicant for a Forest Management Plan or if you need to provide further organisation or company details. WORD [285.6 KB]
Forest Management Plan supplementary owner agent consent Complete this form if you wish your agent or consultant to act on your behalf in signing the documentation associated with your application for a Forest Management Plan. WORD [272.6 KB]
Forest Management Plan supplementary additional sensitivities Complete this form if you need to record further sensitivities. WORD [0.0 KB]
Forest Management Plan supplementary management objectives Download this form if you need a supplementary section for management objectives. WORD [253.3 KB]
Forest Management Plan supplementary work programme summary Work programme summary spreadsheet EXCEL [25.1 KB]
Forest Management Plan supplementary plan review Submit your section 9c plan review figures for your forest management plan’s mid-term review at year 5. WORD [253.4 KB]
Forest Management Plan supplementary forestry standards checklist This form can be used as a checklist to ensure you have considered the most commonly encountered UK Forestry Standard requirements in your application. WORD [255.9 KB]
Forest Management Plan supplementary environmental impact assessment Complete this form to help determine whether relevant projects in your proposed work programme are likely to have a significant effect on the environment. WORD [266.5 KB]
Forest Management Plan supplementary habitats assessment Use this form to provide information for a habitats assessment. WORD [250.2 KB]
Forest Management Plan supplementary protected species Protected species spreadsheet EXCEL [32.1 KB]
Forest Management Plan guide Comprehensive guide to applying for a Forest Management Plan PDF [2.9 MB]
Forest Management Plan main application form Application form for a Forest Management Plan WORD [327.1 KB]
Forest Management Plan supplementary stakeholder engagement Use this form if you need more space for the stakeholder engagement section. WORD [253.8 KB]
Forest Management Plan supplementary PAWS Use this form to provide information on site designations. WORD [252.8 KB]

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