Woodland Management Plans
Woodland Management Plans enable the creation of long term woodland work programmes, giving good opportunity to maximise a client’s objectives. Nicholsons Lockhart Garratt are able to prepare plans for small and large woodland holdings, and secure grant aid to support this process where appropriate.
Typically an initial meeting is held with an owner to assess possible long term vision and objectives. Following this initial meeting, a key part of the work involves a detailed woodland survey and subsequent compilation of compartment stocking descriptions, together with possible suitable prescriptions or options to discuss later with the client. Initial survey work helps identify any potential risks to the woodland and future restocking needs
The Woodland Management Plan forms the point of reference for a client’s woodlands. It draws together all the pertinent details relevant to the woodlands, with the resulting recommendations for action covering a 20 year+ period. It is a dynamic planning document, which our clients value. Supported by our high-quality GIS mapping, we are able to present complex proposals beautifully and to plan work phasing and budget planning well into the future.
Woodland Management Plans are now essential for those clients wishing to secure woodland grant aid or take advantage of the Renewable Heat Incentive. Nicholsons Lockhart Garratt can give advice regarding sustainable wood production and production forecasts that are usually required when considering biomass heating systems. We have experience in the extraction, stacking and air drying of chip-wood for use in biomass boilers.
Realising the true value of your woodland products is the lifeblood of economic woodland management. We can assist you on all aspects of timber sales – from knowing what you have and how to present it to the market, to where it should be going and what price to expect.
Details of current and future timber sales activities are updated here.
A significant feature of all new planting is its potential to soak up carbon from the atmosphere. A standard hectare of broadleaved plantation may sequester around 400 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) across a projected lifetime of 100 years, and owners’ rights to this asset must be registered within two years of planting. Whether carbon is to be sold straight away to offset establishment costs or held as a strategic asset, we can ensure your woodland is best placed to attract carbon purchasers when required.
Whether you are an owner looking to sell or you wish to acquire a woodland property, we can help you to understanding the opportunities and constraints associated with woodland, including potential volume and value of standing timber.
Nicholsons Lockhart Garratt have assisted owners wishing to sell woodland as well as private individuals and NGOs interested in the purchase of woodland.
There are grants available to support sustainable woodland management activities. With a very detailed understanding of these complex grants, we can assist you in taking full advantage of securing an important income stream for your woodland.
Operational Contract Management
A clear understanding of what the end result needs to be and communicating this very clearly with all parties is something that the Nicholsons Lockhart Garratt team takes pride in delivering. There is always a high attention to detail on any operation we are managing which always pays off in the long run.