Torbay’s woodlands are entering a new era with a plan to protect ecosystems and improve tree diversity.
Thanks to a Forestry Commission Woodland Planning project, Torbay Council’s Natural Greenspace team is embarking on a new active management plan for Torbay’s 98 woodlands.
Torbay’s aim is to create a network of improved woodlands that benefits local communities, protects valuable ecosystems and creates meaningful outdoor places for recreation, education and health.
One of the objectives is to create a more diverse age and species range of the trees in Torbay’s urban forest, which will improve its resilience to climate change and potential pest and disease outbreaks.
Torbay Council’s Executive Lead for Safer Communities, Highways, Environment and Sport, Councillor Robert Excell said: “Torbay Council is pleased to be working in partnership with the Forestry Commission to manage and enhance our natural green spaces.
“We are committed to preserving our natural heritage for both current and future generations of visitors and residents of Torbay.
Roger Ford, Forestry Commission Woodland Advisor, added: “We very much welcome Torbay Council’s commitment to the active management of its woodlands.
“Preparing a woodland management plan is the first and most important step. Grants are available to meet the costs of writing a management plan, and we would encourage all woodland owners to do this.
“Having a long term plan will help them the work out their objectives for their woodland, and how they can achieve these.”