Projects shall provide an opportunity for, and take account of, inputs from stakeholders and feedback from local communities during both the project design phase and over the life-span of the project.
Stakeholder consultation for land-use change will be checked at validation. Any ongoing consultation with stakeholders will be checked at verification.
The toolbox for public engagement in forest and woodland planning can assist forest and woodland managers when planning for public involvement, and when considering which tools would be most appropriate when including local communities and other stakeholders in forest or woodland planning and management.
If a project has carried out an Envionmental Impact Assessment or applied for a woodland creation grant, evidence of the consultation required as part of these processes is sufficient in most cases.