Share your views with the Forestry Commission

A 3-month consultation has been launched this week by the Forestry Commission (the government department for forestry in Great Britain which regulates forest management) and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (DARD) Forest Service (which promotes sustainable economic growth and the development of the countryside in Northern Ireland) on the revision of the UK Forestry Standard (UKFS).

Red Cedar in Wales

The Forestry Commission describes the UKFS as ‘a statement of the UK’s approach to sustainable forest management, (which) sets out the environmental and other standards that forest management practices must achieve.  It aims to ensure that forestry work complies with existing legal requirements such as those for preventing pollution and conserving soil, water, wildlife and cultural heritage features. It also sets the standard for eligibility for Forestry Commission grants, felling licences and forest planning approvals.’

This revised UKFS will for the first time address forestry’s contribution to climate change mitigation, explained in new advice on managing woodlands in a changing climate. 
There are several opportunities to input into FC consultation at the moment; one important one chance in particular where you can have your say on the role of England’s publically owned forests.  The  Woodland Trust will be adding our views to this and we will let you know how your input can back us up.  Sign up to our e-newsletter to make sure you get the latest news.
In the meantime you can find out more about the UKFS and check out the consultation papers on the FC’s website.

About Kaye Brennan

Trying vegan, staying warm. Occasional bursts of words.
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One Response to Share your views with the Forestry Commission

  1. Mark Caleb says:

    I would like permission to use the picture of the cedar forrest pictured here.

    Please contact me.

    Thank you.
    -Mark Caleb

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