It’s now over a month since Defra launched this online mini-survey on issues arising from the Independent Panel on Forestry’s Final Report. While we wait with bated breath for “more questions in the coming weeks and months” promised by Defra, and for news on the National Forestry Stakeholder Forum promised by the former Secretary of State Caroline Spelman, we haven’t been idle. We’ve been talking to the Forestry Commission, which seems more proactive on gathering information to inform the government response.
The government has broken its research into eight workstreams:
- culture (community, health, education)
- woodland creation
- woodland management
- resilience and tree health
- the Public Forest Estate & governance
- ecosystem services
- forestry industries
The Trust’s headline response is that we want the government to accept the recommendations as a whole, and in our conversations we’ve supplied examples of initiatives already happening that show the recommendations are feasible, and suggested targets for those recommendations that had no timescale. We’re planning a series of blogs about these conversations over the next few weeks, including guest posts from Forestry Commission staff that are gathering this information.
We’re hoping you’ll join in the debate, especially if you too are talking to Defra or the FC, so please feel free to use Woodland Matters to post your comments and share answers to any questions we pose.
As we’ve said before, the future of England’s forest’s woods and trees is still in question, and we must all remind government of the key role our woods and trees play in society, including a sustainable and vibrant economy. We’ll feed your comments back to the FC and Defra, and in the meantime, please do fill in the online mini-survey – currently this is the only way way to contact Defra directly.
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