Have a say on forests’ future

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NOW IS the chance for the public to have their say on the future of the country’s public forests.

As reported in the Market Rasen Mail last week, the future is uncertain for England’s woodlands after plans were announced to sell off 15 per cent of the public forest estate as part of the Government’s deficit reduction programme.

Now, a 12-week public consultation period has been opened on proposals for the future ownership and management of land currently managed by the Forestry Commission.

Among the views sought are those on a range of approaches to ownership and management, the safeguards for providing public benefits and the implications for the future role of the Forestry Commission in England of these proposals.

The full consultation document can be downloaded from the Forestry Commission website at www.forestry.gov.uk, where there is also information on how to respond.