Independent Panel on Forestry

The Independent Forestry Panel was established on 17 March 2011 by the Secretary of State, Caroline Spelman, to advise government on the future direction of forestry and woodland policy in England. The panel’s final 72 page report has been published today, 4 July, and a copy can be downloaded here

Responding to the report, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said, “I’d like to thank Bishop Jones and all the members of the panel for their hard work to produce this report on the future direction of forestry policy. Our forests will stay in public hands. We will not sell the public forest estate. We’ll be talking to all those who are passionate about our forests to decide how we will manage our forests for the future.”

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