Last week Cumbria Woodlands organised a visit to a varied and very interesting site on the West Coast. Between the sea and mountains, with beautiful and dramatic views, it gave us the ideal opportunity to get some partners together to talk trees.
We met with Natural England, the Forestry Commission, Rivers Trusts and North Pennines AONB to talk about everything a site could throw at us; peat surveys and regulations, hydrological issues caused by surrounding geology and infrastructure, protecting veteran trees and priority habitats such as hay meadows and ancient woodlands.
Headed up by our Woodland Futures project and led by Lochlan, this session was created to allow conversations to happen freely and for questions to be asked across specialisms and professions. There is so much complexity to land use and when it comes to woodland creation, we must engage with all of our partners and understand each other's motivations and common goals.
These meetings allow us to engage in fascinating and crucial discussions, build community within the wider conservation sector, and help each other solve problems with increased efficiency.
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