The Trust’s round up of 2011’s year of forests written by myself and Lee Bruce was up for ‘Best Contribution to Central Lobby’ award in this influential outlet’s first ever Awards ceremony, alongside contributions from just two other organisations – Action for Children and the British Air Transport Association.
Well, I’m pleased to report that we won! Central Lobby readers voted for the winner and James Cooper, Lee and I went to collect the award at last night’s ceremony in Westminster, which was well attended by a raft of MPs and political journalists.
The award shows great recognition of the tumultuous year 2011 was for England’s forest, woods and trees. It is also timely because, in less than a month, the Independent Forestry Panel is due to publish its final report of recommendations on the future direction of forestry and woodland policy in England. It’s been more a year since the Panel was formed after the Government’s u-turn following huge public and political backlash on its proposed sale of the public forest estate. Since then, the long term future of our forests, woods and trees has seemed to hang in the balance.
It’s time for action. I will definitely be calling on Government to act for forests, woods and trees over the next few weeks and months. Join me!
Alison Kirkman, PR Officer