Woodland Management Plan Consultation at Ashridge

Autumnal trees at Dockey Wood at Ashridge, Herts

We’ve been working to draft a 20 year Woodland Management Plan at Ashridge Estate. From Tue 22 Jan until Fri 8 Feb, 10am-4pm, you’ll be able to drop in to learn more about it.

Why is Ashridge so special?

The Ashridge Estate includes the largest area of broadleaved woodland cared for in-hand, anywhere in the National Trust. Across 2,000 acres of woodland there are over 1,000 individually recorded ancient and veteran trees as well as ancient woodland, coniferous and broadleaved plantations, five registered commons, remnant wood pasture and large areas of secondary birch woodland.

Most of our woodland is designated as a Special Area of Conservation for lowland beech woodland and as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.The Estate also includes Grade 2* registered Parkland. This year, our monitoring work confirmed that we are of international importance as a habitat for deadwood invertebrates.

About the plan

We manage our woodland primarily for nature conservation and access. Timber production is purely a by-product of our conservation work.

We’ve been working with independent consultants, Lockhart Garratt, to produce a draft 20 year Woodland Management Plan. This plan conforms with the requirements set out by the Forestry Commission and once approved, will give us felling licences for the next 10 years' work and will enable us to apply for grant funding for works identified within the plan.

There's over 1000 ancient trees at Ashridge
Beech tree in Frithsden at Ashridge, Herts
There's over 1000 ancient trees at Ashridge

Public Consultation

We’ll be displaying material about the Woodland Management Plan from 22 January until 8 February. This means that you’ll be able to see our plans and express your views. Drop into the visitor centre from 10am-4pm during the consultation period to take a look.

You can find the a copy of the executive summary (PDF / 0.21875MB) download , summary map (PDF / 1.2275390625MB) download , ride map (PDF / 0.6474609375MB) download and priority map (PDF / 1.79296875MB) download by clicking the links.