Sorry if this is a question that’s been asked before and has now been “Flogged to death” but I wonder if someone has the answer readily to hand?
There is a small wood near me that I would like to fly at. It ticks all the boxes (for me at any rate).
Not wanting to fall out with anyone, I contacted Forestry England (FE) to request permission.
I was eventually put in touch with the local office and the Beat Ranger, over several emails, asked me for details (including if my drone had a camera and if so could I disconnect or cover it).
Long story short, I answered his questions, including my having third party liability insurance (through BMFA) and waited for a reply.
After a week I asked him if there was any further details I could supply and was “rewarded “ by a very polite refusal on the grounds of “National Policy”.
Somewhere, at the back of my mind” I seem to recall someone saying that the Western District in FE DO grant permission on a case by case basis but you had to jump through a few hoops.
I’ve attempted to contact Western District to request a blank application or confirmation that there is a process in place. I can then go back to my district and ask for reconsideration (the guys tone in his email sounded like he was genuinely sorry he had to refuse).
The problem I have is the call centre are referring me to Covid restrictions. I have attempted to explain I only need a blank application or confirmation but my further emails appear to be getting ignored.
Has anyone obtained permission from FE in the past and if so is there a pro forma and which district was it?
Thanks for your patience reading this very long winded question. I would like to try to do the right thing…I’m starting to hear the words to the song “High hopes” ( just not sure if it’s the Rubber Tree plant or the Dam )