Forestry Management Services
Forest Plan - Once a forest is acquired, the forestry management team work closely with clients to understand the aims and objectives of their forestry ownership. Together we develop comprehensive plans for managing the client’s property. Our forest management plans will normally cover the following:
- Short, medium and long-term development of the forest, optimising the balance between asset growth and income
- Selection of appropriate management regimes to meet objectives
- Identification of rare, protected and valuable habitats and species already present in the forest
- Woodland improvement schemes to develop biodiversity and enhance resilience in the face of climate change
- Mensuration of crops, particularly those due to be harvested
- Creation and upgrading of forest roads to facilitate the harvesting of timber
- Harvesting, marketing and sale of timber
- Replanting of harvested areas
- Management of invasive species and pests
- Development of non-timber income opportunities e.g. deer stalking
Annual Reporting – Once a five-year plan has been agreed, this forms a framework for the preparation of annual estimates for carrying out work within the plan. These estimates are approved by the client and reported against annually, accompanied by an annual report of operations, where this has been requested.
Safety and Environmental Inspections – Our managed forests are inspected regularly for condition and security. Once a year a fuller inspection will take place called a Health and Environment Check. This will identify crop health issues or maintenance issues that may need to be addressed and brought to the forest owner’s attention. Twice a year tree safety checks are made of roadside trees and any other trees which may form a hazard for the public. This helps to protect the forest owner from any claims against him in the event of injury.
Insurance – The forest owner will be asked what level of insurance is required for the forest. Normally this will be public liability plus either fire cover or fire and storm cover. Our Forest Manager will advise the owner of the details and implications of the different kinds of cover available. Fountains Forestry will put the insurance arrangements in place and advise on the appropriate crop values for insurance purposes.
Forecasting and valuation – From time to time, clients may require financial forecasts of property valuations. These will be normally be carried out in-house unless the forest owner has requested an independent view. In this case we would provide relevant forest data to a specialist selling agent and instruct the work on the forest owner’s behalf.
Grant claims – Where the Forest Plan provides access to grants to support operations covered by the plan, Fountains Forestry will claim the grant on the forest owner’s behalf.
Grants and funding are available for a variety of forestry activities including woodland improvement, introduction of roads, planting and development of new woodland.These grants are now paid direct to the forest owner by the Forestry Commission (http://www.forestry.gov.uk) and do not need to be accounted for by Fountains.