Whinlatter Forest Plan consultation 12th November 2018 Friends of the Lake District welcome the opportunity to comment on this third Whinlatter Forest Plan. We are particularly appreciative of a meeting held with Forestry Commission on 8th November which helped clarify certain matters. This is a huge area of upland forest with many landscape challenges. Reviewing the comments we have made to the previous plans shows that there has been considerable progress in resolving some of the issues of earlier plans. These include :- Changes to coupe shape to reduce landscape impacts, eg the reduction in skylining around Widow Hause, changing patterns on the slopes of Grisedale Pike and changes at Darling How and Hobcarton. Commitment to restore the PAWS sites with native broadleaves. Inclusion of more native woodland. There are a number of generic issues on which we have commented, plus specific comments on individual sections of the plan. See Whinlatter FDP response nov 18 (pdf) for our detailed response. Have your say The Forestry Commission is consulting on their plans for Whinlatter Forest. All their forests have woodland plans and when these are revised they are open for public consultation. This is the third plan for Whinlatter and can be viewed at: https://englandconsult.forestry.gov.uk/forest-districts/whinlatter2018 Friends of the Lake District is currently considering the plan. Our response is likely to focus on the following issues: The shape of proposed forest compartments, could they be improved to fit better in the landscape? The species mix – opportunities for more broadleaved cover to enhance the landscape? Impacts of proposals on current areas of open fell Proposals for felling and restocking Future aspirations re further visitor infrastructure and development Whether enough consideration is given to landscape character Recognition of positive impacts already achieved or planned, eg compartment shapes There is no direct reference to the gondola proposals in the plan. However, their future aspirations do refer to future developments at the site, including a new osprey viewpoint above Thornthwaite, and exploring “innovative transport solutions”. We would urge anyone who is concerned about the potential proposals to respond to the plan. Once we have written our response, we will put it on our website here. Forest Enterprise (England) is part of the Forestry Commission and manages the public forest estate in Cumbria. It is in the process of revising the Whinlatter Forest Plan which outlines how it intends to manage the woodland into the future and the plan, which is currently at a draft stage, is available for public consultation. They welcome public comments on the plan. View the plan by following the link below: https://englandconsult.forestry.gov.uk/forest-districts/whinlatter2018 Comments can be made using the online form/questionnaire in the above link. The consultation will be open from Tuesday 11th September for 28 days.