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									Woodland Accord
An Accord between the Dartmoor and Exmoor National Park
           Authorities and the Forestry Commission - 2004
                                                                  Woodland Accord


  1.0. Background:                                    2.0 Successes in the
  In October 1994, in recognition of the importance
  of semi natural woodlands to the landscapes and     South West:
  ecosystems of National Parks in England, the        q 160 ha of new native woodland have been
  Association of National Park Authorities (ANPA)     created in Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks
  and the Forestry Commission signed a national       through the Challenge Fund with a further 48
  Native Woodland Accord. The Accord promoted         approved for planting to 2005.
  and encouraged the management and extension
  of native woodlands. This led to the New Native     qOn Dartmoor, all woodlands under the direct
  Woodland in National Parks Challenge scheme,       control of the National Park Authority (472
  which specifically encouraged the creation of      hectares) are now certified through the UK
  new native woodland that extended and ideally      Woodland Assurance Scheme and on Exmoor a
  linked existing ancient woodlands. Local Accords   further 1500 hectares, including the National
  were developed providing a regional setting for    Park Authority’s own 560 ha woodland estate,
  the national objectives.                           are certified through their innovative Group
                                                     Certification Scheme. Forest Enterprise has
  Following the considerable success of the New achieved FSC Certification in Forestry
  Native Woodland Challenge scheme and Commission woodlands covering 1627 ha on
  achievements of local and national accords, a Dartmoor and 1124 ha on Exmoor.
  new National Accord was signed in November
  2002. This aimed to widen the scope and depth q Sustainable local purchasing policies have
  of the partnership, providing the national been adopted by both National Park Authorities.
  umbrella for the development of local accords
  each of which would reflect the distinctive nature q Landscape character assessments have been
  of each National Park and identify opportunities developed on Exmoor, and Dartmoor has carried
  for partnership working. In the South West, in out national vegetation classification (NVC)
  recognition of the similar issues and throughout the 2700 ha of ancient woodland
  opportunities facing Dartmoor and Exmoor within the National Park Area.
  National Parks, it has been agreed to sign a joint
  accord between the two National Park q Areas of Plantation of Ancient Woodland Sites
  Authorities and the Forestry Commission.           (PAWS) have already been converted to native
                                                      woodland and there are plans for considerable
                                                      areas to be restored in the next few years.




View across Houndtor Wood (DNPA)                          Conifer removal at Haddon Hill (ENPA)
         Woodland Accord


On Dartmoor proposals have been developed to
restore 14 hectares, at Higher Coombe, Rora         3.0 Our shared
and Great Rock copse. A further 13 hectares
have recently been entered into a management        objectives:
agreement to achieve restoration, and the           There is much common ground in the aims,
Woodland Trust is developing a proposal to          policies and purposes of the National Park
convert up to 62 hectares over the next five        Authorities and the Forestry Commission. These
years. On Exmoor at Sherracombe the National        joint purposes are set out in the National Accord
Park Authority is working with the Badgworthy       between ANPA and the Forestry Commission.
Land Company to restore 30 hectares of conifer      This Local Accord takes the same themes and
plantation to native woodland and other             priorities action on the ground over the next 5
habitats. In the Barle Valley a 4 hectare conifer   years (2004 – 2008) in the two National Parks in
plantation on an ancient woodland site within       South West England.
the SSSI is to be reverted to broadleaves.
                                                    1) To conserve and enhance the
q Demonstration days have ensured the
dissemination of knowledge and skills. School       landscape and cultural heritage
Children, volunteers and participants young and     Native woodlands are a prominent and much
old, have been involved in practical                valued feature of the landscape of National
conservation works or enjoyed guided walks and      Parks, offering great tranquillity and natural
talks.                                              beauty. They are the results of a complex
                                                    interaction of natural processes and a long
q In 2003 the Exmoor National Park Authority        history of use by man. Ancient semi-natural
complete the restoration of its historic water      woodlands are one of the oldest features of
powered sawmill at Simonsbath. The sawmill is       National Park landscapes, and as well as a rich
both a working site, cutting timber from the        ecology, many contain rich archaeological and
estate, and a significant visitor facility.         historic interest from the prehistoric to the
                                                    present.
q All of Forest Enterprise’s Plantation on
Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS) have been             Through the Challenge Scheme, the landscape
ecologically surveyed.                              has been improved by the creation of
                                                    considerable new areas of native woodland.
q Partnership working on Exmoor has included        Over the next 10 years we see significant
                                                    opportunities to further improve the landscape
simplified hedgerow Felling Licence
                                                    by restructuring some of the more commercial
arrangements, endangered bat species research
                                                    plantations, and where appropriate removing
and a chain of custody project and joint training
                                                    intrusive timber crops and reverting sites to their
events.
                                                    former heathland or native woodland character.




       Education in tree planting (DNPA)                        New native woodland at Treborugh (ENPA)
                                                                     Woodland Accord


    We will:                                            2) Conserve wildlife and deliver
    Work together to diversify, restructure and
    improve the appearance of poorly located areas      the UK Biodiversity Action Plan:
    of plantation, and jointly take opportunities to    Ancient semi natural woodlands are some of the
    "relocate" or remove more discordant areas e.g.     richest habitats for wildlife and plant species. A
    parts of Fernworthy, Croydon Hill, Wootton          significant proportion of ancient woodlands have
    Ridge. We will encourage the formulation of         been notified as Sites of Special Scientific
    Forest Design Plans.                                Interest and many of the major woodland
                                                        systems are candidate Special Areas of
    q Encourage the reversion of plantation on          Conversation, in recognition of their international
    ancient woodland sites to a native broadleaved      importance.
    character.                                          Dartmoor and Exmoor National Park Authorities
                                                        have each worked with partners to prepare
    q Encourage the creation of well designed new       Biodiversity Action Plans with objectives and
    woodland, particularly on the Brendon Hills on      targets specifically covering woodlands and
    Exmoor.                                             associated species some of which are red data
                                                        book species and other on endangered lists. It is
    q Respect the existing landscape character in the
                                                        also recognised that well structured and
    design of new woodland.                             designed conifer plantations can be of particular
                                                        importance supporting a diversity of wildlife.
    q Encourage historic and archaeological surveys
                                                    We will:
    of woodland and conserve archaeological sites
                                                    Work towards local BAP targets for example
    within woodland.
                                                    through the restoration of 200 hectares of
                                                    upland oakwood on Exmoor by 2010 and initiating
    q Support the continuation of traditional
                                                    restoration of 110 hectares of plantations on
    woodland skills and customs.
                                                    ancient woodland sites on Dartmoor by 2005.
                                                    q Develop baseline surveys of Exmoor woodlands
                                                    using the National Vegetation Classification.
                                                    q Ensure a better understanding of the statues




Cleaving course Mounsey Wood (ENPA)                               Ancient tree at Bury (ENPA)
          Woodland Accord


and distribution of BAP species and habitats,
such as bats, lichens, invertebrates and veteran
trees.

q Work towards the control of non native and
invasive species in ancient woodland, particularly
Rhododendron ponticum, knotweed, cherry
laurel and beech.

qSupport an increase in the area of new native
woodland, particularly under-represented
woodland types such as wet woodland.

q  Encourage the production of management
plans for ancient semi natural woodlands.
Promote sustainable management in all
woodlands.

                                                                  Off road cycling at Hole's Corner (ENPA)
3) Improve recreation
opportunities and local people’s                     economy      than    straightforward       timber
                                                     production. A recent study (South West England
quality of life                                      Woodland & Forestry Economic Study: Land Use
Woodlands provide excellent recreational             Consultants) showed that while timber
opportunities within National Parks. Woodland        production brings £17 million into the South West
can absorb relatively large numbers of people        economy, the combined effects of timber
and some plantations can accommodate high            processing, tourism and other economic use of
impact recreational activities with minimal          forests brings well over £500 million into that
wildlife impact. Access arrangements are good        economy. There is considerable potential in the
in both National Parks as significant areas are      National Parks for both high value "branded"
owned by Forest Enterprise, the National Trust,      woodland products and woodland based
Crown Estate and National Park Authorities.          recreation or tourism enterprises.
There are also well-maintained rights of way
networks. Further access opportunities will be       We will:
become available through the dedication of land      q Promote greater tourism use of woodland,
under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act.         particularly in the plantations to the north east
                                                     of Exmoor and in commercial plantations on
We will:                                             Dartmoor.
q Support the development of further access and
opportunities for dedicated and informal access      q Promote sustainable products from local
arrangement in woodlands and encourage               woodlands, and encourage local and regional
strategic routes where appropriate where these       marketing, for example through local outlets,
have no adverse impact on wildlife or cultural       shops and mills. Encourage the development of
heritage.                                            appropriate new markets such as woodfuel.

qEncourage access for horse riding and cycling       q Maintain UKWAS certification status on
where good road and surfaced tracks exists.          Dartmoor and Exmoor and encourage new
                                                     membership in both National Parks.
q Develop access opportunities for people of all
abilities to promote general health and well         q Support the development of Exmoor Woodcert,
being.                                               and Group Chain of Custody Certification.

                                                     q Endeavour to source all timber and woodland
4) Promote the role of woodlands
                                                     products, subject to fitness for the purpose, from
in sustainable development                           our own woodlands or from FSC Certified and
The timber industry is going through difficult       preferably South West sources and encourage
times, but it is increasingly recognised that        others to do likewise.
woodlands have a far wider role in the local
                                                                   Woodland Accord


5) Working together                                   q Disseminate information about woodlands to

The 1994 Accord showed how much can be                the wider public using joint press releases,
achieved by working together and sharing              leaflets and internet based communication where
information. We will continue to foster the           appropriate.
relationship between the National Park
Authorities and the Forestry Commission and we        q National Park Officers, FC Conservator, FE
will also develop better links with other agencies.   District Manager to meet annually to consider
                                                      strategic issues and to review the Woodland
We will:                                              Accord and Officers to meet at least annually to
q Share knowledge and information with each           discuss operations. (Next meeting 30th
other through regular consultation, technical         November 2004)
seminars, events, and exchange of literature and
data.                                                 q Develop partnerships with other agencies to
                                                      further the Woodland Accord.




             Woodland machinery workshop at Looseall Wood (ENPA)
   Woodland Accord


Woodland Accord
An Accord between the Dartmoor and Exmoor National Park
Authorities and the Forestry Commission - 2004
Signed on behalf of:
Forestry Commission:




...............................................................................................................................................................
Laura Jones, Conservator, South West England Conservancy


Forest Enterprise:




...............................................................................................................................................................
Chris Marrow, Forest Disrict Manager


Dartmoor National Park Authority:




...............................................................................................................................................................
Dr Nick Atkinson, National Park Officer


Exmoor National Park Authority




...............................................................................................................................................................
Dr Nigel Stone, National Park Officer
Dartmoor National Park Authority   Forestry Commission                       Exmoor National Park Authority
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