Key objectives for biodiversity in woodlands
Landowners, including Barnsley Council, Forestry Commission, private estates, trusts, and individuals: follow best practice in managing their woodlands for wildlife; take up opportunities to restore or create woodlands.
Natural England: administers countryside stewardship grant schemes for woodland creation or improvement, tree health support, or for preparing a woodland management plan.
Forestry Commission:licenses felling and approves woodland management plans; provides guidelines and sets conditions to protect biodiversity. www.forestry.gov.uk/ewgs.
Woodland Trust: offers advice & support.
Barnsley Council has commissioned a strategy for Barnsley’s woodland. It includes priority areas for expansion woodland, balancing woodland against other land uses, protecting and enhancing landscape and biodiversity.
The Environment Agency has identified areas in which new woodland creation would reduce flood risk.
Barnsley Council as planning authority: sets conditions in relevant planning applications to ensure that the biodiversity value of woodlands are maintained and enhanced; issues Tree Preservation Orders where appropriate.
Voluntary groups and volunteers: help with woodland management as well as with planting; help with information about condition of woodlands and provide records of wildlife in them.
What is being done?