Category Archives: Forests Report

Long grass, leadership and ‘Big Society’ Forestry

Wednesday 29th January was one of the bleakest weather days in London you could imagine. One where it scarcely got light and the rain poured down all day. The intended mood of the National Forestry Stakeholder Forum however, was in … Continue reading

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A gap in grants affects everyone

Planting and establishing trees takes quite a bit of planning, particularly if you are looking for grant aid to support the planting – and most planting schemes above 1 hectare (ha) in size are supported in this way to some … Continue reading

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Fine talk needs fine action

In its 2013 response to the Independent Panel on Forestry, Government stated that it believed there was scope for expanding England’s woodland cover significantly. It is a shame that such positive rhetoric seems to have quickly disappeared as the spectre of … Continue reading

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Two years without new tree planting grants in England!

*Update! Our petition is now live! Please join more than 25,000 others and back our call* In all of the talk about Common Agricultural Policy reform over the last few months including all those technical policy concepts such as greening, modulation and … Continue reading

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Groundhog day in the woods

One of my favourite films is Groundhog Day, a poignant comedy in which a cynical TV reporter (played by Bill Murray) arrives in the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to report on Phil the groundhog’s predictions for the arrival of … Continue reading

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The public’s forests – taking the next step

It was the end of July when the Government launched a survey (with little fanfare) about plans for a new ‘management body’ which will look after England’s publicly owned woods. On 1st August the Woodland Trust received an invitation from … Continue reading

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It’s always the environment. Maybe they aren’t serious about efficiency after all?

It always seems to be Defra that gets hardest hit. A ten per cent cut means that it has suffered one of the worst cuts in Whitehall from Spending Review 2013, announced yesterday (June 26th). No-one doubts that these are … Continue reading

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