Today is the very first International Day of Forests designated by the United Nations to celebrate forests globally. But do we have much to celebrate especially in England? In many ways yes, especially with renewed public passion and concern.
For example, I expect you thought the Forestry Commission in England was safe now that plans to sell off the public forest estate have been well and truly ditched and the government has announced it will set up a new kind of public body to hold the nation’s forests in trust.
Well, half of the Commission may be safe but the other half isn’t. The Forestry Commission not only owns and manages the public forest estate (about 18% of the total area of woodland in England) but just as importantly the part known as ‘Forest Services’ also offers advice, support and grants, and regulates the activities on the other…
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