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4 July 2012
England's forests... SAFE! Woodland Trust reaction to Independent Panel on Forestry final report
Woodland Trust reaction to Independent Panel on Forestry's final report, published today
Hilary Allison, Woodland Trust policy director said:
"Following the publication of the Independent Panel on Forestry's final report today, we are delighted that Defra has confirmed that the public forest estate is safe. It is vital that the Government now works towards ensuring the estate is effectively resourced and developed to deliver more benefits for more people.
"In its report, the Panel has clearly documented the enormous potential of forests, woods and trees. It has presented a series of ambitious and positive recommendations to drive England's woodland policy forward, including a challenging target for tree planting to ensure new woods are created for people and wildlife.
However, there is still work to be done and issues on which the Woodland Trust urges the government to go further. It is important to reiterate the need to restore and protect the ancient woodland we already have.
The government must show leadership and take forestry seriously, focusing on creating the right framework to ensure our woodland resource is expanded, protected, restored and used to deliver the many and varied benefits it is so clearly capable of.
The Woodland Trust will actively engage with the government and will also work alongside other organisations to ensure a plan for the sustainable management of our forests is delivered as soon as possible."