Success for Bradford's woodlands

Article dated Friday Jul 6, 2018 at 12:54 PM

Woodlands managed by Bradford Council have been judged again to meet the internationally recognised Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) requirements for responsible forest management.

Woodlands in the district play a vital role in supporting nature, providing clean air and water, production of timber, and contribute to people’s health and wellbeing.

Certification provides a solid base for the Council’s commitment to increasing the area of woodland in the district from under 10 per cent to 15 per cent as well as playing a role in development of the Northern Forest. The new certificate will run until 2023.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “Bradford District has some wonderful woodlands which are much loved by local communities. Some of our ancient semi-natural woodlands, including parts of Judy Woods in Wyke, are of European importance.

“Involving people in managing our woods is a key part of how we deliver sustainable woodlands. We have many Friends groups who devote hundreds of voluntary hours to help keep our woods healthy and inviting places.

“Our next challenge is to increase the number of woodlands and trees in the district to make sure that they continue to provide all the benefits that people and nature depend on against a background of climate change.”

Bob Thorp, Tree and Woodland Manager said, “Certification demonstrates that our woodlands are being managed sustainably by the Council.

“We know woodlands provide a home for nature which is under enormous pressure and also a place where citizens and visitors alike can find some relaxation and fresh air. By managing to these internationally recognised principles we can make sure that these woodlands will be there for future generations.”

Bradford Council manages 856 hectares of woodland in the district across 111 sites, including St Ives, Bingley; Judy Woods; Middleton Woods, Ilkley; Park Wood, Keighley; Prince of Wales, Bingley; Black Carr, Tong. The certificate was first awarded in 2013.

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