Our Forests press statement re: Independent Panel on Forestry Progress Report

Independent Panel on Forestry confirms it was politics not economics that drove the disposal proposal – there isn’t and never was a convincing financial case for disposing of our public woods and forests – says Our Forests. Read More

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The State of the UK’s Forests, Woods and Trees

Tommorow a major report will be released: The State of the UK’s Forests, Woods and Trees: Perspectives from the forestry and woodland sector. It marks the International Year of Forests in 2011. The report was featured in the Independent Newspaper today. The State of the UK’s Forests, Woods and Trees report was led by the… Read More

7000 responses to aborted public sell-off of England’s forests

On 27 January 2011 the Forestry Commission England and Defra opened a consultation on the future of the public forest estate in England (read more). The consultation was suspended after only three weeks, on 17 February 2011.  In that short time, 7007 responses were received by members of the public. Forest Research have now published… Read More

Forest essay winner announced

Earlier this week The Independent newspaper published the winning essay about the future of forests in England.  This was an open competition with an attractive £5000 prize that was announced in February, just before the Government scrapped plans to sell England’s publicly-owned forests.  Read more. About 150 essays of 1500-2000 words were submitted and the… Read More

Ten reasons why the forest sale failed

In principle there were some good ideas in what the Government sought to achieve by reviewing the ownership of England’s forests.  The Forestry Commission are a great public organisation and achieve fantastic results for a relatively small cost to the taxpayer, although we should recognise that there is also room for the private sector, in… Read More