The Woodland Project | Oxfordshire County Council

The Woodland Project

The Oxfordshire Woodland Project has formally ceased activity as of 17 January 2014.

For twenty-three years the Project has helped hundreds of landowners, parish councils and community groups to better manage Oxfordshire’s small-scale broadleaved woodlands.

Oxfordshire has around 7% woodland cover, which is below the national average for England (8.3%), and over 90% of woodlands are very small – under 10ha. The small size of woodlands can limit the number of management options that landowners have to manage their woodlands, and so can lead to neglect – which does not benefit wildlife, landscapes or the woodland owner. Some 50% of our woodlands are Ancient Woodland and have considerable landscape, biodiversity and historic importance; over 50 woodlands are community woodlands.

The Woodland Project enabled a co-ordinated approach to the management of these woodlands, providing free, impartial, professional woodland management advice. A programme of training events and visits also helped woodland owners and managers develop and share best practice.

The Project has been a partnership between the local authorities of the county and the Oxfordshire Woodland Group, a small charity.

Oxfordshire County Council would like to thank the current funding partners for their contributions and support, including West Oxfordshire District Council, Cherwell District Council, and the Oxfordshire Woodland Group.  There have also been a wide range of partners and individuals who have helped support the Project in the past including South Oxfordshire District Council, The Vale of the White Horse, TOE2, the Wychwood Project and the Sylva Foundation.

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