Our locations occupy a tiny part of the publicly owned forests in the UK, just 0.02%. The forests are managed by Forestry England, Forestry and Land Scotland, and Natural Resources Wales and our partnership with them stretches back 45 years. This long-standing relationship has allowed us not only to nurture our small corners of the forest but also to support them in their roles as custodians of the wider public forest.
Our partnership was born out of the Forestry Commission’s vision to maintain the forests as special places for nature, for people to enjoy and for businesses to thrive. Today we are one of hundreds of other businesses that support the forest in practical ways and with investment. This means the forests will always be there for people to enjoy.
Our partnership with Forestry England
Our commitment to caring for Britain’s forests starts with our immediate environment and extends to the wider forest, helping to support the work of Forestry England, Forestry and Land Scotland, and Natural Resources Wales. We care for the forest environment for today and we will manage it so that it thrives into the future.
It’s perhaps easy to think that nature should just be 'left alone' but many forests need to be actively managed to enhance their biodiversity. This is because many of our forests were actually shaped by man's practises over centuries meaning that the ecology they support is dependent on those conditions being sustained. Forest management must take a long view and our commitment spans decades.
The diversification of woodland is a vital element of enhancing biodiversity and wildlife habitats. Among the many methods to support this, trees can be coppiced and thinned so that sunlight can reach the forest floor stimulating natural regeneration, and the mix of new native trees is carefully considered and planned. In addition, a network of well managed rides and glades within a forest provide crucial additional habitat and biodiversity. Alongside ecological management, trails are managed and signposted, and recreational facilities are provided to ensure both people and nature can thrive alongside one another. The income and support we provide helps Forestry England, Forest and Land Scotland, and Natural Resources Wales manage Britain' forests on behalf of us all.
Our ancestors shaped our forest landscape, so how are woodlands managed today and why are business partners vital to support the work of Forestry England?
Cutting down trees is a normal part of forestry management. Rachel Giles, National Education Officer for Forestry England, explains why it's important to understand the huge scope of their work.