2014-02-06   facebook twitter rss

Forestry Commission Grant Funds Road Building

The owner of a 92-hectare forest in Gloucestershire has had a 1,200 metre road constructed on his land thanks to a Forestry Commission grant and expertise from UPM Tilhill who made the application and saw the project through to completion.

With assistance from the English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS) through the Woodland Improvement Grant (WIG), the new road through Ley Park has brought a range of benefits including improved access for harvesting and forest restoration work, a dry path for walkers and an increase in the value of the woodland.

During the road construction

During the road construction

the completed road

the completed road

UPM Tilhill Forest Manager Ed Clark explained: “We were aware that this element of the grant scheme was coming to an end so we looked for projects that would meet the criteria and be beneficial to our forest owners. Ley Park was a good candidate due to poor access to part of the woodland so, following discussions with the owner, we submitted an application for grant funding and finished the road just three months after being given the go-ahead.”

Construction work involved digging down to hard ground and re-profiling the road so it would shed water, before laying a geo-textile membrane and finishing it with imported stone. The new stretch completes a circular loop of the forest and a new spur road gives good access into a previously undermanaged part of the property.

The site, which is classified as Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland (ASNW) and Plantation on an Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS), can now be better managed and restored.. The work was encouraged by Gloucestershire County Council, who were keen for the public rights of way to be improved, and gratefully received by the sporting tenants as it significantly improved access to their pheasant pen.

“The customer is very satisfied and by maximising the use of the available grant we’ve helped him to achieve some of his objectives for the forest, such as improved access to the timber and, very importantly, we have increased the capital value of the woodland,” Ed added.

UPM Tilhill, established more than 60 years ago, is a national company operating from a network of offices throughout the UK. UPM Tilhill is the UK’s largest forest management and timber harvesting company. The company provides a full range of consultancy and contracting services to the forest owner and forestry investor.


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