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Forestry Act 1967 (UK)


The UK Forestry Act 1967 describes the functions of the Forestry Commission and the management of forest land as well as the marketing of timber and forest products from the public forest estate. The Act also legislates for the power of the Forestry Commission to control the felling of growing trees and this is the main aspect of the Act which relates to NWFPs and their harvesting. Natural Resources Body for Wales Order translates these powers to Natural Resources Wales (NRW) in the case of Wales.

”Part II Commissioners’ Power to Control Felling of Trees - Restriction of felling

9 Requirement of licence for felling.

(1)A felling licence granted by the Commissioners shall be required for the felling of growing trees, except in a case where by or under the following provisions of this Part of this Act this subsection is expressed not to apply.

(2)Subsection (1) above does not apply—

(a)to the felling of trees with a diameter not exceeding 8 centimetres or, in the case of coppice or underwood, with a diameter not exceeding 15 centimetres; or

(b)to the felling of fruit trees or trees standing or growing on land comprised in an orchard, garden, churchyard or public open space; or

(c)to the topping or lopping of trees or the trimming or laying of hedges.

(3)Subsection (1) above does not apply to the felling by any person of trees on land in his occupation or occupied by a tenant of his—

(a)where the trees have a diameter not exceeding 10 centimetres and the felling is carried out in order to improve the growth of other trees; or

(b)where the following conditions are satisfied, that is to say—

(i)the aggregate cubic content of the trees which are felled by that person without a licence (exclusive of trees to whose felling subsection (1) above does not apply) does not exceed 5 cubic metres in any quarter; and

(ii)the aggregate cubic content of the trees so felled which are sold by that person whether before or after the felling (exclusive as aforesaid) does not exceed 2 cubic metres in any quarter, or such larger quantity as the Commissioners may in a particular case allow.”

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Forestry Act 1967 c.10

Year 1967
Policy area Forestry
Affected activity Harvesting/Production
Affected actors Landowner/land manager
Products All NWFP
Subject Forests
Promoter/initiator Public
Zone North West Europe
Countries United Kingdom
Regions (NUTS 2) West Wales and The Valleys
Focus on NWFP Direct
Document category Regulation
Instrument type Regulatory
Legal status Binding
Geographical scope National
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