Ward Forester is here to assist woodland owners in getting access to a professional forester to manage their woodlands in a cost effective way.
To improve the productivity of small woodlands Ward Forester maps clusters of woodlands under different ownership (wards), and brokers the placement of a professional forester with responsibility for finding best offers for any type of woodland operation.
The ‘ward forester’ is an independant consultant working alongside woodland owners (or managing agents) to seek opportunites for cross-ownership working in order to reduce costs and provide attractive tender opportunities. It is a low obligation approach that gives the woodland owner access to professional forestry expertise with the choice of when to participate or not.
All that the ward forester needs is access to what the woodland owner intends to do. This can be in the form of a schedule of operations, or ideally a management plan (for which grant aid is available from the Forestry Commission).