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    This dataset records Forest Research Experiment sites on the National Forest Estate and private land. Objective is to avoid accidental damage to Forest Research experiments and sample plots during Forest Enterprise operations and to provide Forest Enterprise Districts with contact details for experiments and sample plots so that they can enquire as to suitability of operations in surrounding forest.

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    Description - The England Park boundaries are from various sources and the detailed accuracy of the boundaries cannot be guaranteed. The names of the England Parks are taken from information obtained from the FC websites for these countries. Scotland's name are as supplied. Attributes Forest_Par Area Hectares

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    All organisations hold information about the core of their business. The Forestry Commission holds information on trees and forests. We use this information to help us run our business and make decisions. The role of the Forest Inventory (the Sub-compartment Database (SCDB) and the stock maps) is to be our authoritative data source, giving us information for recording, monitoring, analysis and reporting. Through this it supports decision-making on the whole of the FC estate. Information from the Inventory is used by the FC, wider government, industry and the public for economic, environmental and social forest-related decision-making. Furthermore, it supports forestrelated national policy development and government initiatives, and helps us meet our national and international forest-related reporting responsibilities. Information on our current forest resource, and the future expansion and availability of wood products from our forests, is vital for planners both in and outside the FC. It is used when looking at the development of processing industries, regional infrastructure, the effect upon communities of our actions, and to prepare and monitor government policies. The Inventory (SCDB and stock maps), with ‘Future Forest Structure’ and the ‘rollback’ functionality of Forester, will help provide a definitive measure of trends in extent, structure, composition, health, status, use, and management of all FC land holdings. We require this to meet national and international commitments, to report on the sustainable management of forests as well as to help us through the process of business and Forest Design Planning. As well as helping with the above, the SCDB helps us address detailed requests from industry, government, non-government organisations and the public for information on our estate. The FC’s growing national and international responsibilities and the requirements for monitoring and reporting on a range of forest statistics have highlighted the technical challenges we face in providing consistent, national level data. A well kept and managed SCDB and GIS (Geographical Information System - Forester) will provide the best solution for this and assist Countries in evidence-based policy making. Looking ahead at international reporting commitments; one example of an area where requirements look set to increase will be reporting on our work to combat climate change and how our estate contributes to carbon sequestration. We have put in place processes to ensure that at least the basics of our inventory are covered: 1. The inventory of forests; 2. The land-uses; 3. The land we own ( Deeds); 4. The roads we manage. We depend on others to allow us to manage the forests and to provide us with funds and in doing so we need to be seen to be responsible and accountable for our actions. A foundation of achieving this is good record keeping. A sub compartment should be recognisable on the ground. It will be similar enough in land use, species or habitat composition, yield class, age, condition, thinning history etc. to be treated as a single unit. They will generally be contiguous in nature and will not be split by roads, rivers, open space etc. Distinct boundaries are required, and these will often change as crops are felled, thinned, replanted and resurveyed. In some parts of the country foresters used historical and topographical features to delineate sub-compartment boundaries, such as hedges, walls and escarpments. In other areas no account of the history and topography of the site was taken, with field boundaries, hedges, walls, streams etc. being subsumed into the sub-compartment. Also, these features may or may not appear on the OS backdrop, again this was dependent on the staff involved and what they felt was relevant to the map. The main point is that, as managers we may find such obvious features in the middle of a sub-compartment when nothing is indicated on the stock map, while the same thing would be indicated elsewhere. Attributes; FOREST Cost centre Nos. COMPARTMNT Compartemnt Nos. SUBCOMPT Sub-compartment letter SUBCOMPTID Unique identifier BLOCK Block nos. CULTIVATN PRILANDUSE Land Use of primary component PRISPECIES Primary component tree species PRIPLANTYR prim. component year planted PRIPCTAREA Prim. component %Area of sub-compartment SECLANDUSE Land Use of secondary component SECSPECIES Secondary component tree species SECPLANTYR Secondary component year planted SECPCTAREA Secondary component %Area of sub-compartment TERLANDUSE Land Use of tertiary component TERSPECIES Tertiary component tree species TERPLANTYR Tertiary component year planted TERPCTAREA Tertiary component %Area of sub-compartment CULTIVATN An indication of the way the sub-compartment has been prepared for establishment. PRIHABITAT Primary component UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UKBAP) Broad and Priority Habitats. SECHABITAT Secondary component UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UKBAP) Broad and Priority Habitats. TERHABITAT Tertiary component UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UKBAP) Broad and Priority Habitats.

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    National Forest Estate Bridges are managed by Forestry Civil Engineering in one of the Forestry Commission's Forester GIS modules. This data set comprises location and category of construction. Attributes; FCE_REF - Unique ID ref LOCATION - Geographical descriptor GRID_REF - Ordnance Survey National Grid Reference BRIDGE_TYPE - Bridge construction type

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    GB_ROADS is compiled from Forest road network data managed by Forestry Civil Engineering. The data relates to forest road Classification. Forest Roads are categorised on the basis of intended usage (as listed below) rather than the specification used in their construction or upgrading. This can mean that, at a particular point in time, a Class A main road or a Class B spur road may have specification features that could limit its use. Class A - Main Roads Principal timber haulage route on a long-term basis. Constructed to high specification. Maintained to a high standard. Limiting features shown on road map. All year but not all weather. Class B - Spur Roads Used by timber haulage lorries for specific operations. Full geometric and safety standards for stated use. Specification tailored to suit purpose. Possibility that surfacing not high quality or durable. Long term maintenance minimal. Each usage subject to individual engineering assessment. Limiting features noted for each particular contract. Class C - Other Roads Roads other than Main or Spur roads. Maintenance dependent on usage. Not normally used by timber haulage lorries. Use by timber haulage lorries subject to the same individual engineering assessment as Class B roads. Attributes: EVT_LEN : total length of event on road segment RD_REF : reference prescribed by FCE to road segment RD_NUMBER : number prescribed by FCE to road segment RD_NAME : where applicable, local name prescribed by FCE to road segment(s) RD_CLASS : current Forestry Civil Engineering classification type of road DISTRICT : Cost Centre in which road segment occurs COUNTRY : Country in which road segment occurs

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    Legal Boundaries This layer shows the external legal boundaries of land within FC ownership. It does not show the internal deed boundaries. Each polygon has one primary attribute: FORESTDIST : Forest District name This dataset is a product of the Deeds Management System.

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    A Dark Sky Park is a place with exceptionally dark night skies, a place where people have committed to keeping those skies dark, by controlling light pollution. In November 2009, the International Dark-sky Association designated Galloway Forest Park as only the fourth Dark Sky Park in the world and the first in the UK. But that's not all. The Galloway Park is REALLY dark - a Gold Tier Dark Skies park. Very few people live in the 300 square miles of forest and hills in the park so nights really are black - apart from the stars! Forestry Commission Scotland and the people of the park are committed to keeping it that way.

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    The usage, name and grade of the series of recreation segments that link together to form linear recreation features, for example, mountain bike trails or walking trails. Primary Route Types... Walking - Must be promoted as an FC route, and have management activity and investment (e.g. Nature trail, heritage trail, education trail, forest walk, trim trail, all ability access trail). Cycling - Must be promoted as an FC route, and have management activity and investment (Mountain bike route, road bike, downhill, cross-country, family, rough riders). Equestrian - Must be promoted as an FC route, and have management activity and investment (Carriage route, standard). Forest Drive - Must be promoted as an FC route, and have management activity and investment (e.g. Toll, Toll free). Running - Must be promoted as an FC route, and have management activity and investment. Huskies - Must be promoted as an FC route, and have management activity and investment. Emergency Services - Must be an agreed access route for emergency services (Fire, ambulance, mountain rescue). Rally - Must be an approved rally route. Other Route Types are further split into Route Subtype... Nature Trail Sculpture Trail Heritage Trail Sensory Trail Education Trail Play Trail Downhill Cross Country Family Carriage Route Toll Toll Free Fire Ambulance Mountain Rescue Forest Walk Trim Trail All ability Access Trail Mountain Bike Road Bike Standard Cross Country Ski Segway Other Whare appropriate routes are graded... Easy Moderate Difficult Green - Easy Blue - Moderate Red - Difficult Black - Severe Orange - Bike Park Forest road or similar

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    The Woodland Carbon Code (www.forestry.gov.uk/carboncode) is the standard for UK woodland creation projects where carbon is accounted for. It is managed by the Forestry Commission. All projects have to register, and are publicly available on the UK Woodland Carbon Registry, managed by Markit (www.markit.com/product/registry). Once registered, they are validated at the outset and then verified at regular intervals throughout the project to check the amount of carbon sequestered, and that the project is sustainably managed. Woodland Carbon Code projects are expected to be managed in line with their agreed management plan (to ensure the predicted amount of carbon sequestration is realised), and a landowner has the responsibility to ensure future landowners are aware of the commitment of a particular land area to the Woodland Carbon Code, should an area of woodland be sold. This dataset gives the spatial extent of the Woodland Carbon Code projects, along with their current status, species type, and country. The majority of projects also receive a woodland creation grant, but some Woodland Carbon Code projects also include non-grant aided areas, or are not grant aided at all. Woodland Carbon Code statistics are produced quarterly on the last day of March, June, September and December and available from http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-93yjte. This layer will be updated each quarter alongside the statistics update.

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    Forest Reproductive Material (FRM) is the generic name for the seeds, cones, cuttings and planting stock used in forest establishment. The 46 tree species and the genus Populus (including aspen, black poplar and grey poplar) covered by the Regulations are known as the “controlled species”. The Forest Reproductive Material (Great Britain) Regulations 2002 regulate the marketing of FRM. These Regulations came into force on 1st January 2003 and implement EC Directive 1999/105. The Forestry Commission is the Official Body that is responsible for the FRM Regulations in England, Scotland and Wales. The Forestry Commission maintains the National Register of Approved Basic Material for Great Britain (The National Register). Each entry of basic material (or unit of approval) in the National Register is given a unique register reference that encodes: Species name Type of basic material Category of reproductive material to be produced Region of provenance Native seed zone (where appropriate) Altitude zone (if the species is native to GB) Origin (that part of the species’ natural range from which the material derives). The attributes of each polygon in this dataset are restricted to the National Register Identification Number (NRID), a national grid reference (NGR), a Basic Material 'category' symbol and the land area, in hectares. All other details mentioned above are available in the National Register. Basic Material is the plant material from which the Forest Reproductive Material (FRM) is derived and includes seed stands, seed orchards, parent material held by tree breeders in archives, individual clones and mixtures of clones. There are six types of basic material: Seed sources: This covers all material from a single tree to any collection of trees within a region of provenance or seed zone. Stands: Specifically identified areas or groups of trees with identified boundaries . Seed orchards: Sources based upon known individuals derived from tree breeding. Parents of families: Sources based upon known individuals derived from tree breeding. Clones: Individually identified trees from which the FRM will be produced through vegetative propagation . Clonal mixtures: Individually identified trees from which the FRM will be produced through vegetative propagation. Forest Reproductive Material (FRM) is cones, fruits and seeds, all parts of plants obtained by vegetative propagation, including embryos and plants produced from any of these. Normally, only FRM that comes from registered basic material can be marketed. There are four categories of reproductive material according to the basic material from which it is collected and these are recorded in this dataset: Source identified FRM (symbol SI): Comes from general or specific locations within a single region of provenance or seed zone altitude band in which no specific superior qualities are recognised. Selected FRM (symbol SE): Collected from stands showing superior characteristics, e.g. better form, growth rate and health. Qualified FRM (symbol QU): Derived from the selection of superior individual trees which have not undergone any form of testing. Tested FRM (symbol TE): Derived from the selection of individual trees or stands that have undergone evaluation for genetic quality or have been shown to be superior, in comparison to accepted standards.