Woodland Management Plans

A management plan, approved by the Forestry Commission, gives woodland owners and land managers a structured way to organise the sustainable management of woods to a common industry standard.

The plan sets out proposals for the woodland, how that management is to be achieved, and describes the consequences of this management over time.

How KWES can help

Before KWES gives a woodland owner any advice, or makes arrangements for any work to be carried out, we will want to know whether there is an existing management plan, and what work required under it has been carried out.

If there is no current management plan, KWES can assist in drawing up this document, and in getting Forestry Commission approval.

Management under the plan

For all but the smallest woodlands, a plan is a legal requirement. And once it has been approved, the woodland is officially classified as “under management”, and its owner is in a position to apply not only for certain grants available from the Forestry Commission, but also for a favourable tax status for the woodland.

Thereafter, the Commission is responsible for monitoring the landowner’s compliance with the plan. Given that background, neither KWES nor any other responsible advisor or contractor could allow an owner to flout the terms of any existing plan.

Felling and thinning licences

The plan of operations which makes up part of the management plan makes it possible for an owner to apply for a ten year felling licence without completing a separate application.

Ancillary Services

KWES can advise on, and arrange, a wide range of other services for landowners and others either using or enjoying the countryside – these are some examples.


Stock fencing, including gates and stiles, using Kent-grown chestnut posts;   hedge planting and laying.


Trees, selecting the appropriate species, including after-care.

Pest and disease control

Advice of tree diseases; pesticide spraying.

Public access and education

Advice on signage and way-marking; path-clearance and brushcutting;   woodland walks – whether you are a group looking for a guide able to explain flora, fauna, fungi or archaeology – or whether you just want to explore on your own a new and interesting wood.