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Managed woodlands

9 May 2016

Essex County Council manages a number of woodlands on behalf of the residents of the county. Most of these woodland areas are accessible to the public and provide a vibrant and exciting environment for a range of leisure pursuits, from walking to cycling. Many of these areas are also used by clubs for a range of recreational activities, and are havens for animals and plant life. A full list of Essex County Council managed woodlands is available and many activities on offer in woodlands and across Essex can be found on the Visit Essex website.


Multi For Project  

The Multifunctional Forest Management project (Multi For) is an
initiative created as a result of the Essex County Council tree pledge, which saw over 400,000 trees planted in 2008.

After successfully delivering on this pledge, we realised that Essex required the planting of more trees for four reasons: 

  • to reconnect the ancient forests of Hatfield, Hainault and Epping
  • to provide more woodland cover to meet the regional woodland strategy
  • to ensure our biodiversity was supported and encouraged in woodlands
  • to allow the people of Essex better information and access to woodlands.

The project is a partnership made up of four French and four UK organisations including the Forestry Commission Research Agency, Kent County Council and East Sussex County Council.

The project is 50% financed by the European Regional Development Fund and 50% by national public institutions and the project partners.


Multi-For Research Project

Essex County Council hosted a short conference in Hatfield Forest in September to report the results from its research supported by Multi For.
The morning session included three presentations:
Duncan Fisher presented on behalf of ECC regarding the research undertaken in the Multi For project in Essex.  This project looked at saproxylic Coleoptera at a range of Essex sites and their use as an indicator of ecological value.  A pdf version of the presentation can be downloaded.

Peter Hammond presented regarding how our understanding of indicator scoring systems has developed.  Peter also made suggestions for revisions to two of the scoring systems. A pdf version of the presentation is available here.

Nadia Barsoum presented on behalf of Forest Research regarding the preliminary results from the Multi For research projects they have undertaken.  A more in depth presentation will be given later in the project which we encourage those interested to look out for.  In the meantime, a pdf version of the September presentation is available here
The afternoon was spent understanding how Hatfield Forest is run to balance the multifunctional pressures on the site via a tour by the staff there and networking sessions.
Thank you to all those involved on the day to help make the conference a success.  In particular thank you to Henry Bexley and Stuart Warrington for the tours that they provided and Peter Hammond and Nadia Barsoum for presenting and making their presentations available for those that are interested.