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7.4Minimising adverse impacts
7.4.1

Requirement

Sites and features of special cultural significance shall be identified and discussed with interested local people, the relevant authorities and interest groups and measures shall be taken to protect them.

See also section 7.1.1.

Means of verification

All woodlands:

  • Any known features mapped and/or documented
  • Discussions with the owner/manager demonstrate rationale for management of relevant sites.

Non-SLIM woodlands:

  • Records of consultation with statutory bodies, local authorities and interest groups to identify features
  • Documented plans.

Guidance

Typical examples include:

  • Prominent viewing points
  • Landscape features
  • Veteran and other notable trees
  • Historical features and archaeological sites
  • Woodlands which feature in literature or which are of artistic significance
  • Historic landscapes and woodlands which are still managed under traditional systems.
7.4.2

Requirement

The owner/manager shall mitigate the risks to public health and safety and the wider impacts of woodland operations on local people.

Means of verification

All woodlands:

  • No evidence of legal non-compliance
  • Evidence that complaints have been dealt with constructively.

Non-SLIM woodlands:

  • Documented evidence that owners/managers have considered actual and potential impacts of operations on local people and interest groups and have taken  steps to mitigate them.

Guidance

Examples of impacts include:

  • Smoke
  • Timber traffic, particularly in and around the woodland
  • Natural hazards to operators and public, e.g. unsafe trees.
7.4.3

Requirement

The owner/manager shall respond constructively to complaints and shall follow established legal process should this become necessary.

Means of verification

All woodlands:

  • Discussions with interested parties.

Non-SLIM woodlands:

  • A complaints process and public contact point.