Forestry Commission tenders for £1.4m habitat work in New Forest

The Forestry Commission is looking for contractors to remove forestry remnants in order to enhance the conservation status of parts of the New Forest.

Already running for a decade, the £19m New Forest Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) is England’s largest agri-environment scheme, intended to restore and enhance the internationally important habitats within its 380km2 expanse of unenclosed woodland and pasture across southwest Hampshire and southeast Wiltshire.

Some 80km2 of tree plantations within this area were created by the Forestry Commission from the 1920s onwards.

The habitat restoration work is being undertaken by Forestry England to maintain its Special Area of Conservation (SAC) status, includes removal of residue, stumps, ridges and furrows from previous forestry operations.

Four separate lots are being tendered, with the closing date set at 19 August 2019.

See our Tender Tracker entry for more details.

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