The BMC (British Mountaineering Council) have recently acquired the Harrison's Rocks site and now wish to develop the woodland, both to enhance the environment, regenerate the woodland and improve the condition of the rock face. The HRMG (Harrison's Rocks Management Group) is a sub group of the BMC run by volunteers to supervise and help protect the woodland and cliff environment.
A Woodland Plan has been drawn up in conjunction with a recommended Forestry Commission Woodland Agent Jonathan Webb and with a Forest Expert and Tree Surgeon Tony Flint. An outline of the plan is on the Sandstone Volunteer Group website where you can view the full plan (42 pages plus three appendices including maps).
All climbers are stakeholders of the woodland site and the rocks. As part of the plan that will be sent into the Forestry Commission for ratification in 10 days time, the Harrison's Rocks Management Group are asking for climbers to make comment as a part of the consultation section 5 of the plan.
All they ask is that you read the outline plan below (alternatively, if you feel like wading through the 42 pages of the full plan then please be entertained). Please make a comment on the plan whether in agreement with it or whether you have issues with it. Replies must be sent in by email to firstname.lastname@example.org within the 10 days.
Those in climbing clubs or groups can help by distributing to their members and preparing a summary reply with a note the number of members in the group or club.
More replies means that the plan will easily pass scrutiny by the FC and allow the BMC to implement the plan for a regenerated Harrisons.
Harrison's Rocks Woodland - Management Plan (Outline)
To manage the woodland to protect the cliff environment, to give better views for walkers across the valley, and to regenerate the health of the woodland to support more fauna and flora.
Harrison's Rocks in the 1940s
As it is today (note the leaning conifer)
Ownership of Harrison's Rocks and the adjacent woodland (marked in green on the map overleaf) was transferred to the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) in September 2009. Previously it had been owned by Sport England, and managed by the BMC. The BMC now wish to develop the woodland, both to enhance the environment and to improve the condition of the rock face.
To enhance the beauty of Harrison' Rocks for all. To restore the rock face to a climbable state, consistent with minimizing environmental damage and maximizing the scenic grandeur of the location.
To divide the woodland into 5 distinct compartment areas for regeneration to give a five year rolling plan. Most of the work will be carried out in the winter months of each year from November through to March. The work will be carried out partly voluntarily by climbers and partly by professional tree surgeons. The first section to be worked on will be the corridor below the cliff and the central section. Work is planned to start early in the new year.
The Next Steps
A Woodland Plan has been drawn up for approval by the Forestry Commission (FC), but to enable all interested parties to contribute, we are consulting widely before submitting it. The plan will be put on the FC website for a period of six weeks.
Send comments to Malcolm McPherson, South Wing, Oak Hall Manor, Sheffield Park, East Sussex, TN22 3QY email email@example.com phone 01823 791682, mobile 07711 665353