Policy & Advocacy

Cumbria Woodlands invests in its staff and associates to together play an active role in forest and land use policy development, both locally and nationally.

By actively supporting these roles we ensure that Cumbria Woodlands, on behalf of Cumbria’s landowners and users, can advocate to both shape and input into the development of future policies, grants and regulations that frame woodland management and creation in Cumbria.

Cumbria Woodlands is actively involved in several boards and working groups, overseeing and supporting:

  • Local and national woodland management/creation policy and strategy development
  • The UK Skills Agenda and the Forestry Sector Skills Plan
  • Agricultural Policy - the Agricultural Transition Plan including the Environment Land Management Scheme (ELMS)
  • Environment Agency, including flood and coastal protection
  • Woodland habitat research strategy and policy development, including temperate rainforests, juniper, and other woodland types
  • Grants and funding, including the Farming in Protected Landscapes Fund
  • The Lake District National Park Authority Partnership
  • Cumbria Community Forest Partnership
  • West Cumbria Rivers Trust
  • Local land and nature skills, training, and development
  • Local and neighbouring regional woodland groups including the Dales Woodland Forum

Cumbria Woodlands also directly hosts working groups to support local and national land use and policy:

Woodland Futures Delivery Forum

The delivery forum is a group of public and third sector representatives from forestry, farming, and environment organisations in Cumbria that meets once a quarter to examine and discuss barriers to woodland creation and management.

Juniper Group England

This working group aims to improve the quality of juniper management and best practice, particularly in light of the threat of Phytophthora austrocedri on remaining populations.

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