Restoring Hardknott Forest

Hardknott Forest is a 630 hectare conifer plantation in the upper reaches of the Duddon valley in the Lake District.

Originally planted in the 1930’s, the plantation is reaching maturity and harvesting is taking place. After consultation with local people and organisations, Forestry England have decided to restore the entire plantation to native habitats of oak and birch woodland, bogs and open ground.

This initiative represents a historic opportunity to create the largest semi-natural woodland in the Lake District; linking Hardknott Forest with the existing Duddon Valley Woodlands, a series of ancient oak woodlands that snake down the valley and all the way to the coast.