Calling all Oxfordshire woodland owners, managers and community groups

posted on June 17, 2015

Owners, managers and community groups caring for woodlands in Oxfordshire are being asked to take part in an important survey.

Final opportunity – survey extended to 25th June

Oxfordshire treescape

Oxfordshire treescape

The small size of woodlands in Oxfordshire can limit the options that landowners have in managing them, and so may lead to neglect – affecting wildlife, landscapes and the rural economy. Oxfordshire County Council and the Sylva Foundation are working together to identify what support woodland owners may need to get the best out of their woodlands in the future. An online survey has been launched to gather views and opinions that will be used to improve existing and develop new support services for woodland owners and managers.

Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr David Nimmo Smith said:

“Oxfordshire is unusual in having a large number of small woodlands in many different ownerships.  We know that with improved levels of management these woodlands could be making an even greater contribution to the county’s future success. This survey will help us understand what challenges woodland owners face in getting the right support at the right time”.

Alistair Yeomans, of the Sylva Foundation added:

“Woodlands are a vital part of Oxfordshire’s countryside. They help support the rural economy while providing many other wider benefits such as flood protection, clean air, beautiful landscapes and valuable habitats. We are working with the County Council to help maintain a woodland resource that we will all benefit from.”

Owners, managers and community groups of all woodlands in Oxfordshire can complete the survey online at:

 www.sylva.org.uk/oxwoodsurvey

The survey will remain open until midnight on June 25th 2015. There are a maximum of 16 questions that should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

 


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