Independent Panel on Forestry – Call for Views
July 4, 2011
The Panel has been set up to advise Government on the future of England’s forests and woods by April 2012. The terms of reference, state that they should advise “on the future direction of forestry and woodland policy in England”. This includes, but is not limited to, the work of the Forestry Commission, forests and woods in public, private and charitable ownership, the economics of forestry, public benefits such as well being, access for leisure pursuits and the role of forests and woods, and related open habitat, in the wider natural environment. The Panel will draw on existing information and previous Government consultations but will not be limited to the questions and issues asked before. They want help with understanding: • what forests and woods deliver for people, communities, nature and the economy; • what it is about forests and woods that people value so much and why; and • what works in practice and can be repeated in other locations.
They would like people to respond under these broad questions (deadline 31st July 2011): Question 1 – What do forests and woods mean to you? Question 2 – What is your vision for the future of England’s forests and woods? Question 3 – What do you feel to be the benefits of forests and woods to: a) you personally; b) society as a whole; c) the natural environment; and d) the economy? Question 4 – We would like to hear about your suggestions of practical solutions and good practice which can be replicated more widely. Question 5 – What do you see as the priorities and challenges for policy about England’s forests and woods? Respondents are asked to capture ideas in a maximum of four pages, to reach Defra by 31 July 2011. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to be added to the mailing list and be kept in touch with the work of the Panel, send your Name, E-mail address, Organisation (if applicable):, Location (if applicable): and whether you are interested in the whole subject or specific issues. http://www.defra.gov.uk/rural/forestry/panel/