Hilborne on forestry panel
Thursday 17th March 2011
The Wildlife Trusts welcome today’s announcement of the new Forestry Panel and our involvement in it.
Chief executive of The Wildlife Trusts, Stephanie Hilborne OBE, is one of 12 people to sit on an independent panel to provide advice on forestry. The panel will make its recommendations to the Secretary of State in the autumn.
Hazel Phillips, spokesperson for The Wildlife Trusts, said: “This gives us a breathing space for proper consideration of the long-term future of England’s woodlands, which matter so much to us all.
The Wildlife Trusts manage more than 16,000 hectares of woodland in England and work in partnership with the Forestry Commission throughout the country. We will use our network to ensure that the debate is well informed by our local experience. Each local Trust listens to its members and the wider community in its area and understands the complexity and importance of the forestry debate.
This gives us a breathing space for proper consideration of the long-term future of England’s woodlands, which matter so much to us all.
The land under consideration by the Panel – including that which is heathland and other open habitat - has the potential to make a substantial contribution to habitat restoration and with this to the quality of people’s lives throughout England.
Hazel Phillips added: “In our view this Panel comes at a pivotal time for our natural environment. We will do everything we can to ensure that the discussion and outcome reflects our vision for A Living Landscape and enshrines the thinking about nature’s recovery in the recent Making Space for Nature Review which is soon to be taken forward in a Natural Environment White Paper.”
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