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Designing and managing forests and woodlands to reduce flood risk


This is a ‘how to’ Guide on woodland creation and forest management to reduce flood risk, and control the potentially adverse effects of forestry operations such as cultivation, drainage, road construction and forest felling. It is primarily aimed at landowners, forest planners, managers and practitioners, but also flooding authorities, some of whom may be unfamiliar with how forestry can help. It covers site location and design, cultivation, felling and restocking, woody dams, and monitoring. An Appendix shows how to model the effects of forest measures on flooding.


Guidance type/project stage

  • Ecosystem creation
  • Implementation
  • Ecosystem management
  • Monitoring and assessment
  • Planning


  • Woodland

Challenges addressed

  • Natural flood management

Source | Forest Research

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