Forestry Commission releases guidance for planners on trees and woodlands

Forestry Commission England has published a new four page document, UKFS for Planners.

The Forestry Commission say that decisions made through the planning system have significant impacts on our trees and woodlands" and that trees and woodlands can also help address some of the wider challenges facing the planning system, such as adapting to climate change.

The UK Forestry Standard (UKFS) sets out the UK government’s approach to sustainable forest management. UKFS for Planners highlights how those engaged in planning in England can use the UKFS to help inform planning decisions which involve woodlands and forests.


  • Summarises the legislation which affects trees and woodlands
  • Clarifies the roles of Forestry Commission and Local Planning Authorities when dealing with woodland cases
  • Sets an appropriate standard for when woodland management or creation are to be covered by planning conditions or Section 106 agreements

 The note is intended for planners in England only, although the UKFS covers the whole of the UK.

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