Aberdeen woods land management plan
This plan covers the thirteen woodland blocks that were formerly covered by three land management plans (Maryculter woods, Peterculter woods and Countesswells woods).
The purpose of the plan is to set out management objectives and prescriptions for the forest for the next ten years in detail, and in more broad terms for the following twenty years.
In Countesswells and Foggieton the primary objective is the management of the woodland to provide a recreational resource for Aberdeen and the surrounding area. For the rest of the blocks the primary objective is the production of a quality crop of timber.
An additional secondary objective for the management of all the woodlands is the control of grey squirrels and delivering management regimes to benefit red squirrels.
During the development of the land management plan for Aberdeen woods we have consulted publically including the local community representatives and stakeholders known to have an interest in the plan area.
The plan has been approved and is now active. It is scheduled to be renewed in July 2026.
Land management plan documents and maps
- Plan summary (PDF 1.1MB ) - a summary of the approved plan.
- Land management plan text (PDF 4.4MB ) - details our objectives for the area and our management proposals.
- Location map (PDF 1.8MB) - shows the location of Aberdeen woods in relation to the local area.
- Key features map (PDF) - shows the key features that influence the management of the forest blocks.
- Current species map (PDF 4.9MB) - shows the current tree species that are growing in the area.
- Analysis and concept map (PDF 5.2MB) - shows how the key features influence the management of the forest.
- Management map (PDF 4.5MB) - shows the management for the area.
- Thinning map (PDF 4.3MB) - shows the thinning that will be undertaken in the area.
- Future species map (PDF 4.7MB) - shows the tree species that are planned to be growing in the area at the end of the plan period.
- LISS map (PDF 4.0MB) - shows the areas to be managed by a silvicultural system other than clearfelling and replanting.
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