Fishing on Forestry Commission land

marcus hollingshead made this Freedom of Information request to Forestry Commission

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

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marcus hollingshead

Dear Sir or Madam,

Could you please let me know how many bodies of water (including river frontages)owned, managed or maintained by the Forestry Commission and assosciated bodies there are (ponds/lakes with a surface area greater than 100 metres square0.

Of those bodies of water

- What number are rented/leased or otherwise for the purpose of fishing.

- What number are regularly stocked with farmed fish for the purpose of fishing.

- What impact studies/documents on the impact on native flaura and fauna exist or have been commissioned.
i.e. detrimental impact on frog/toad/newt populations. impact on native waterfowl numbers and breeding etc.

- What proportion are currently set aside for wildlife
- What proportion are currently set aside for swimming etc

Yours faithfully,

marcus hollingshead

Secretariat Public Enquiries,

Thank you for your enquiry.

Which country is of interest?


Chris Wild
Public Enquiries
Silvan House
231 Corstorphine Road
EH12 7AT

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marcus hollingshead

Dear Secretariat Public Enquiries,

England primarily thank you.

Yours sincerely,

marcus hollingshead

Barker, Richard,

Dear Mr Hollingshead


Thank you for your request for information that we received on 9 October about bodies of water owned, managed or maintained by the Forestry Commission.

You asked how many bodies of water are owned, managed or maintained by the Forestry Commission and associated bodies. We are only able to provide you with information relating to the Forestry Commission and cannot provide you with information on any other bodies.

Your request is being dealt with under the Environmental Information Regulations, rather than the Freedom of Information Act, because it relates to 'environmental information' as defined in Regulation 2.

The data you have requested is not held centrally but is a matter for our District offices. I have approached each of these offices to ascertain what data they hold, and in several offices the information is incomplete and is held in various formats. Under Regulation 8 of the Environmental Information Regulations, the Forestry Commission may charge for making the information available. We have assessed how much work would be involved to collect and collate the information you have requested and, using the standard rate of £25 per hour for staff time, estimate that the cost would be approximately £35,000. This figure may seem high but the Forestry Commission manages over a quarter of a million hectares of land.

Should you have any queries about how these charges have been set, or if you wish to change your request, then please let me know.

Please note that the supply of this information does not provide an automatic right to re-use the documents in a way that would infringe copyright or intellectual property rights, for example, by making multiple copies, publishing and issuing copies to the public. If you do wish to reuse information supplied please contact me.

Should you wish to complain about the way your request has been handled please contact:

Paul Hill-Tout
Director England
Forestry Commission
Great Eastern House
Tenison Road

Tel: 01223 314 546
Fax: 01223 460 699
E-mail: [email address]

Complaints regarding non-compliance with the open access legislation obligations should initially be made to the Forestry Commission itself. We aim to resolve any complaints with you directly. However, should the matter fail to be resolved, you may make an appeal to the Information Commissioner's Office at:

FOI Compliance Team (complaints)
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Tel: 01625 545 700
Fax: 01625 524 510

If I can be of any further assistance please contact me.

Yours sincerely

Richard Barker
4 November 2008

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