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Woodland Creation Mapping Guidance

What details should you show on your map?

  • the name of your property (as on your application details)
  • the RDC-RP case number
  • the scale of the map
  • OS grid reference of the centre of your application area
  • the access point to each block of woodland (using a cross)
  • the boundary of each of the individual woodland creation models clearly identifying the type of model using the following abbreviations:

    Productive Conifer Woodland (Low Cost)


    Productive Conifer Woodland (High Cost)


    Productive Broadleaved Woodland


    Native Woodland (Planting)


    Native Woodland (Natural Regeneration)


    Mixed Woodland

  • the boundary of each woodland type (as above) must be sub-divided to identify the proposed planting years
  • the location and type of any fences which form part of the proposal
  • protected areas and special features:
  • way-leaves, power lines, pipelines, etc.
  • water supplies and water courses
  • archaeological sites
  • to assist the Case Officer in assessing your proposal you should map the location of individual species (including eligible areas of designed open space). This should be supplied on a separate map if the detail becomes too complex to interpret
How to mark these details?
  • the external boundary of each woodland creation model should be marked using a continuous coloured line drawn as thinly and clearly as possible. You should clearly label each model using the abbreviations shown above (e.g. PCL)
  • each woodland creation model boundary should be sub-divided to identify the proposed planting year using a different coloured line drawn as thinly and clearly as possible. You should clearly label each with the planting year (e.g. 08/09)
  • fence types should be identified using different coloured lines. Each fence length should be annotated to aid identification (eg. A - B - C - D)
Please use a map key to help us identify the different features on your map.

You need only supply one copy of each map(s) with your application. However, if the map is complex and difficult to interpret, you may need to use more than one map to ensure the details are clear (e.g. one map showing the woodland creation model boundaries and fence types, another to show individual species (including eligible open space). If you do decide to use more than one map, it is important you ensure that the details are consistent between maps.

Example of Woodland Creation mapping requirements:

Mapping Guidance

Example of Woodland Creation species map


For general mapping guidance and advice on where to get maps from please see - RDC-RP Mapping Guidance