The Independent Panel on Forestry – Final Report July 2012

2 08 2012

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 Independent Panel on Forestry published its Final Report  on 4 July 2012 and has now completed its work.   The Panel was chaired by the Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool, and the members were selected for their wide experience, knowledge and interests in the economic, social and environmental aspects of forestry and woodlands.

The report calls for England’s woods and forests to be re-valued for all the benefits they provide.  These include areas for recreation, clean air, clean water, and habitats for wildlife. They also lock up carbon, provide shade and can help reduce flooding.  Wood is the raw material for timber frame buildings, furniture, flooring, fuel, and of course paper.   The report calls for a revival of a woodland culture that appreciates how important trees are for people, for nature and the economy.

“Our forests and woods are nature’s playground for the adventurous, museum for the curious, hospital for the stressed, cathedral for the spiritual, and a livelihood for the entrepreneur. They are a microcosm of the cycle of life in which each and every part is dependent on the other; forests and woods are the benefactor of all, purifying the air that we breathe and distilling the water of life.  In short, trees are for life”.

The Right Reverend Bishop James Jones, the Bishop of Liverpool. Chairman’s Foreward Independent Panel on Forestry Final Report.

You can read the full report here:  Independent Panel on Forestry Final Report




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