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Timber felling and re-planting programme begins at Swinley Forest.
5 May 2017
The Crown Estate starts its annual timber harvesting programme this May at Swinley Forest. This work is being carried out as part of the felling and replanting programme set out in the Windsor Estate 20 Year Forest Plan, which is supported and approved by the Forestry Commission and Natural England.
The maps below indicate the areas involved and we are taking steps to minimise visitor disruption where possible. The programme for this year includes clear felling of mature crops and thinning of younger crops.
Harvesting timber in this planned way has many economic and conservation benefits. Felled areas will also be replanted next winter to ensure the forest remains healthy and productive.
It produces timber for the construction industry and generates income in a sustainable way.
It creates open ground for rare birds to nest (such as the Nightjar)
It creates opportunities to replant with different species of trees to improve forest diversity.
Forest operations involve heavy machinery and large timber trucks; In order to keep walkers and cyclists safe, some tracks and rides will be temporarily closed or diverted to safe routes away from the felling areas. We hope to have all routes open again, for the start of the summer holidays.
We kindly request that you respect the closures and follow all signs and diversions while work is ongoing.