Forests and woodlands cover a significant land area, with one third of the public forest estate found within National Parks. They provide many benefits including valuable wildlife habitats, opportunities for recreation, and carbon sequestration. Forests and woodlands can also play a significant role in local economies as sources of building materials and woodfuel, as well as tourism activity.

National Parks England welcomed the report of the Independent Panel on Forestry in 2012 and the subsequent Government Forestry and Woodlands Policy Statement. We share the ambition to improve sustainable management of woodlands and increase their extent where appropriate.

The Government has been preparing a new Tree Strategy. It has a crucial role in supporting nature recovery and tackling the climate emergency. National Parks England has been meeting with officials from Defra and the Forestry Commission to ensure it furthers our ambitions for woodland in our protected landscapes. See our aspirations for the Tree Strategy and the important role we can play in its delivery.


Woodlands and Forestry in UK National Parks

Consultation responses

Defra Woodland Policy Enabling Programme - response (September 2013)

Independent Panel on Forestry call for views - response (July 2011)


CLG How the planning system in England can support mobile connectivity (August 2015)

ELMS Tests and Trials Summaries

Our Historic Environment: Special landscapes shaped by people (2018)

Localism in National Parks

Historic Environment Joint Statement 2015

Farming in the English National Parks

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in England's National Parks

Policy position statements

Policy Position Statement - National Parks England: Climate Change 2019

Policy Position Statement - Sustainable Tourism - 2013

Consultation Responses

National Parks' Aspirations for the Government's Tree Strategy (Sept 2020)

NPE response to CLG consultation on New Homes Bonus (Sept 2013)

National Parks England response to Planning for the right homes in the right places CLG Consultation (Nov 2017)

DfT-Consultation-on-Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy NPE response May 2016

CLG Planning Practice Guidance review - response (February 2013)

Greater flexibilities for change of use - National Parks England response (Oct 2013)

National Parks England consultation response -Proposed changes to national planning policy - Feb 2016

National Parks England response - DECC consultation on Surface Development Restrictions for Hydraulic Fracturing (Dec 2015)

Planning Performance and Planning Contributions - National Parks England response (April 2014)

CLG - Local Plans Expert Group (October 2015)

Sport England Consultation Response by National Parks England - February 2016

National Parks England response to Health and Harmony Command Paper (May 2018)

English Heritage New Model - NPE response (Feb 2014)

CLG Consultation on Amending PDRs for drilling boreholes - National Parks England response

National Parks England’s Response to the Environmental Land Management Policy Discussion (July 2020)

Rural Planning Review - National Parks England response (April 2016)