2.2 Management plan


Management planning documentation

Longer-term management intentions

WCC mapping rules


  • There shall be a management planning documentation, initially for the establishment period, containing:
    • An outline of the necessary inputs and resources including a full financial analysis
    • A summary of operational techniques
    • A chronological plan of key project operations
    • Consideration of species selection for future climate
    • A map of the areas being planted
  • The management plan shall be updated on a regular basis. There shall be an outline of the longer-term management intentions, for the project duration and beyond.
  • The land manager shall have the management capacity necessary to carry out the planned project activities for the duration of the project.

Evidence of a current management plan will be checked at validation and every verification.

Management planning documentation

If the project is receiving a woodland grant (or has a felling licence), any existing woodland management planning documentation may provide sufficient evidence.  There should be a process for updating the management plan.

The UK Forestry Standard (including the sustainable forest management elements of Climate Change, Soil, Water, Biodiversity, Landscape, Historic Environment and People) sets out sustainable forest management standards for the UK and requirements for management planning.

My Forest provides free woodland management tools for landowners and forest managers. It provides the facility to map your projects and create a management plan.

Longer-term management intentions

A short statement is required in the Project Design Document to confirm the intended management regime of the woodland for the project duration and beyond (e.g. regular thinning, clearfell with a given rotation length, continuous cover forestry, or minimum intervention).  This should be consistent with the management regime assumed in the WCC carbon calculator which predicts the amount of carbon dioxide likely to be sequestered.

The key aims and objectives of your project as well as the type of woodland to be created should be summarised in your Project Design Document (and updated in your Project Progress Report if changed.  This will be high level information from your management plan.

WCC mapping rules

Projects should also provide maps of the site boundary and planting plans as a pdf.  The map forms an important part of the WCC documentation.  It will be uploaded to the UK Woodland Carbon Registry and will be a publicly viewable document enabling potential carbon buyers as well as the validating/verifying bodies to locate your project and identify the different elements within it.  The following indicates the minimum standards for a boundary / planting map:

Base map

Ideally this should be an Ordnance Survey map, but other formats such as survey maps are acceptable, provided they accurately show features such as roads, boundaries, woodlands, watercourses etc. Depending on the size of your project, you can use any appropriate scale of base map.

Name of project

Your map should be labelled with the same name that you are using on the Markit Registry and on your PDD.

Outer boundary

The outer boundary of your project should be marked in a solid red line. The inner side of this line should be marked with a highlighter (of any colour).


You have the option of dividing the planted area into sections to complete your carbon calculation.  Typically, these might be divided on the basis of planting mix, spacing, planting year or site type. These should be marked clearly on the map with a dotted red line and labelled with the corresponding section numbers.

Open ground

Any open ground within the open boundary should be clearly marked where this is feasible.  This should include 'open ground' which is part of a grant contract as well as any 'other land' which is not planted.

Grid reference

Your map should be labelled with a six figure National Grid reference, clearly marked with a cross, somewhere within the boundary of the wood, ideally near the centre.  This should be the same Grid Reference you use in other documentation.


The map should show the scale of the original base map.


If you choose to show additional features on your map, these must be accompanied by a clear legend.

Access point

Please indicate the most suitable access point with the label “Access”.


Further guidance and advice

UK Forestry Standard

Free woodland management tools:

My Forest


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