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Frequently Asked Questions

Many woodlands appear to be sold with CROW Act 2000 imposed upon them. How does this affect my woodland and how do I manage the resultant public access?

The Countryside Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW) imposes a requirement for a landowner to allow uninterrupted public access on foot over a site so designated in England and Wales.  This means that a woodland owner must allow the public to walk unhindered through their woodland.  In practice this is not all that onerous as parking does not have to be provided and the area can be closed during periods of harvesting or sporting events, within reason.  Owners wil have to ensure that woodlands are properly insured and that tree safety work has been carried out if necessary.  In situations where public footpaths do not cross the land and the land does not adjoin any public roads then it is impossible for the public to access the land without trespassing and so it is unlikely that a woodland will be visited.

In Scotland, the Scottish Outdoor Access Code gives a general "right to roam" over land including woodland.  Those taking access should do so responsibly.  Effectively all woodland is included in this.  Access may be curtailed or restricted if required by management during periods of activity such as felling.