Trees and Woodland

Beech Clump in Winter Sunset at South Ormsby © Nev Gurnhill

The woodland cover of the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB is low, at under 4.5%, but is still an important habitat and landscape component.  The area was substantially cleared of woodland by the 11th century to provide for mixed arable and grazing landscapes of the early medieval period.  Much of the present day woodland was planted during the period of parliamentary enclosures from late 18th and early 19th centuries, often to provide a mixture of small game coverts, parkland, tree belts and avenues.  Small plantations and clumps of predominantly beech, with some ash, sycamore and pine, are still dotted around the Wolds today and are one of its most dramatic of landscape features.

Farming & Forestry of the Lincolnshire Wolds. The Lincolnshire Wolds is a living, working landscape and it is widely recognized that much of the attractiveness of the Wolds today is a result of the activities of generations of farmers, landowners and foresters.

Tunnel plantation Stainton le Vale copyright R Enderby

Forestry Commission Advice, Information and Grants
The Lincolnshire Wolds AONB is covered by the East Midlands Region, with local officers and staff based at Market Rasen, making them the ideal contact point for the local knowledge of the area and most up-to-date information. East & East Midlands Area Office 0300 067 4567 or James Fearn 0300 067 6965.

Below is the first edition of the East & East Midlands Forest Sector Business Directory. This is aimed at bringing our sector together and helping landowners and businesses to connect.

They are planning a second version of this in the New Year.  If you would like to have your details included (at no cost) please email with a completed form (attached) with "Directory entry" at the subject.

This is the first version, if you spot a mistake, or would like to change your entry, please email  with "Directory amendment" as the subject and we will endeavour to get it sorted for the next version. The closing date for new entries or amendments is 30th December 2015.

Inclusion in the directory is not a recommendation or endorsement by the Forestry Commission.

Forestry Directory

Forestry Directory Form

Defra now administer the support under Countryside Stewardship for woodland creation or improvement, tree health support, or to prepare a woodland management plan. For further information visit the

Woodland Support 


RFS/FC Managing Ash Dieback – Case Studies 2019

This document draws together current information to provide examples of interventions some landowners/managers are using to tackle ash dieback and the issues they are encountering along the way. Pages 16-18 give details of further on-line guidance and reading. 

Ash dieback: an Action Plan Toolkit

Tree Advice

The Lincolnshire Wolds Tree Group are conscious of the sensitive issues that can relate to tree and woodland management. We are also aware that trees and woodland need active management to ensure that they remain healthy and productive for their timber, landscape and biodiversity value. We hope that this Advice Sheet Series will act as a guide for owners and managers of trees and woodland in the Wolds and assist in making decisions.

The Lincolnshire Wolds Tree Group is a combination of specialist organisations and individuals. The following information is useful for land managers and interested parties.
Tree Advice sheet

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