At the time, Doddington North was the largest productive forest to be planted in England for 25 years. It is a brilliantly conceived woodland, designed to harness the many benefits that trees bring. It will be managed under a continuous-cover basis (i.e. no clearfelling).
Slightly over half of the project will be conifers, with a mixture of Scots pine and native broadleaves making up the remainder. The latter will be planted along watercourses to deliver riparian benefits and provide a network of high-biodiversity habitat running through the forest. Footpaths and bridleways have also been incorporated into the the project design, so that local communities will have access to the woodland for recreation. Additionally, the forest will encompass areas of open ground, preserving these spaces for the important wildlife that depends upon them.