Felling Licence Online

posted on July 18, 2019

myForest users can benefit from a new online system for generating felling licences.

Felling Licence Online

Felling Licence Online

We have been working closely with FC England over the last year to make sure that myForest users can benefit from a new online system without have to re-enter information that they have already entered into myForest. From today, myForest now has the additional functionality necessary to generate the file types needed to upload directly into Felling Licence Online.

In England, woodland owners and managers can apply for felling licences in two different ways:

Plan of Operations

When developing a management plan, owners and managers can fill out a Plan of Operations. This document provides Forestry Commission England with all of the information they need to generate your felling licences for the next 10 years.

Felling Licence Online

It is also possible to apply for felling licences that cover discrete parts of your woodland. Until recently this process was handled through a paper application, but earlier this year Forestry Commission England released a new online system to process applications called Felling Licence Online.

We have some new video guidance to help users through this process:

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New Forestry Commission England Management Plan template available on myForest

posted on August 15, 2018

The updated Forestry Commission England Management Planning template is now available on myForest.  The update includes changes to the UK Forestry Standard criteria for approving a plan as well as additions to the Woodland Protection section.

FCE management plan template 2018

FCE management plan template 2018

Updates have also been made to the Plan of Operations including the requirement to specify the type of restocking following a felling operation.

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myForest to support deer management

posted on June 9, 2017

Over the last 18 months Sylva Foundation has been working with the Deer Initiative, grant-funded by Forestry Commission England and Natural England, to develop new functionality in myForest that will allow land owners and managers to create Deer Management Plans and collate annual monitoring data.

All six species of deer have increased in density and range nationally over the last 40 years. As deer populations have increased, their impact on the ground flora and the structure of woods has increased considerably, in particular the impact of fallow and muntjac in lowland woodlands.

Priority Areas for Deer Management

Priority Areas for Deer Management

The impact of deer on woodland biodiversity may be positive at low population densities. However at high densities deer browsing alters three elements in a woodland: regeneration potential, woodland structure, and ground flora diversity and abundance. Impacts on these elements have ramifications for species that use them as habitat and food. Species affected by these changes in structure and flora include populations of butterflies, other invertebrates, smaller mammals, birds, and their predators.

Collaborative, landscape-scale management of deer populations is key to helping address the issue of high deer populations in woodlands. Five priority areas (see map) have been identified in England in which to focus efforts where deer are having a particular impact on priority sites such as SSSI woodlands. In these areas landowners can receive additional support from the Deer Initiative to organise collaborative action across landscapes.

To aid in collaborative management Sylva Foundation has been working with the Deer Initiative to promote information sharing using the myForest service in order to build a comprehensive picture of deer and their management at the landscape scale. Anyone using the new deer management functionality on myForest will have their information stored safely and securely, managed under Sylva Foundation’s Privacy Policy. We have also created the possibility for users (if they chose to) to share their information with local Deer Initiative Officers which will help the Deer Initiative monitor deer impact across priority areas allowing them to prioritise assistance.

annual cull monitoring screenshot

Anual cull monitoring screenshot from myForest – public launch scheduled in October

Although this functionality has been specifically developed for use in the five priority areas, we hope it will be useful to users across England, and indeed in Scotland and Wales.

The functionality is currently being tested and the planned launch date is 1st October.

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Small Management Plan now available on myForest

posted on May 9, 2014

We are pleased to announce that the Small Management Planning template from Forestry Commission England has been added to myForest.  Users of myForest can now choose whether to create a management plan using the full template or the small template.

The small template is suited to small or homogeneous woodlands, and is targeted at woodlands under 10 hectares in size. This template is a condensed version of the full template and has been designed to be appropriate for the scale and complexity of smaller woodlands.   It can be used to provide a ten year felling licence for your woodland and evidence of Category B compliance for timber supply.

The template however is not eligible for a Woodland Planning Grant, which provides woodland owners with a minimum payment of £1000 (for woodlands over 3ha) to create a management plan using the main management planning template

Log onto your myForest account to have a look at how the small plan differs from the full plan and whether it is suitable for your woodland.

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SilviFuture grows

posted on March 14, 2014
SilviFuture coverage March 2014

SilviFuture coverage March 2014

SilviFuture – the network promoting novel forest species – continues to go from strength to strength. The number of records of stands of trees stands at 873 today.

Many of these records have been provided by government research agency Forest Research, supported by Forestry Commission England, Forestry Commission Scotland and Natural Resources Wales. ClimateXChange supported the collection of data in Scotland and a short promotional film (see below).

The project partners are keen that more private woodland owners share information about stands of unusual or novel forest species. Why not visit the website to learn more about the project and how you could help shape a resilient future for Britain’s forests?

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New eWGS grant timescales announced

posted on July 25, 2013

Forestry Commission England has just announced timescales for applying for and receiving grant funding under the current eWGS system.  These timescales have been brought about because of  transition from the previous Rural Development Programme (RDP) to the next RDP.  The RDP is the vehicle the government use to spend EU money to support the rural economy.

The link below takes you to the document sent out by the Forestry Commission and explains in detail these arrangements.  Although they are not all definite at this stage, owners and managers should be aware of the critical dates involved and how this may affect your plans and operations.

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