In June 2008 following Forestry Commission England’s recommendation the then Secretary of State, Hilary Benn, asked the Forestry Commission to undertake a study of the estate the Forestry Commission manages in England. The Study is part of the Forestry Commission's Corporate Plan 2008–11 published in June 2008.
The purpose of the study was to:
consider the future long term sustainable role for the public forest estate making recommendations about any necessary changes to improve its ability to deliver relevant priorities in the Strategy for England's Trees Woods and Forests and contribute to other government objectives.
Forestry Commission’s England National Committee oversaw the study with a cross-cutting Working Group is supporting the process. The Study has gathered extensive evidence including a formal public consultation (which has now closed) and a summary of the responses and evidence is available on the Evidence page.
Drawing on this evidence the Working Group submited a final report to the Forestry Commission England National Committee in May 2010 and a copy of this report is now available.