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Shaping our Future Trees and Forests

Local school children with Ian Jack of Lowther Estates and Jim O'Neill of the Forestry Commission.

England's Northwest has one of the most diverse environmental landscapes in the country.

Stunning National Parks, habitat-rich areas of outstanding natural beauty and thriving timber and 'green tourism' industries juxtapose with the highest proportion of derelict land in the country, a sector-wide skills shortage and regional health that could be substantially improved.

Trees and woodlands play a huge role in the Northwest region - enhancing image, health and well being, maximising the quality of environments and fuelling a profitable timber industry.

Northwest Regional Forestry Framework

A common sense, joined up approach to the woodlands of England's Northwest will ensure that they make an unrivalled impact on every aspect of the region. That approach will be an Agenda for Growth; the Northwest Regional Forestry Framework.

The Agenda for Growth', published in 2005, will help shape the woodland and forestry sector in the North West of England for the next 20 years. There are 6 action areas;

  1. Enterprise and Industry
  2. Regional Image
  3. Biodiversity and Landscape
  4. Health, Wellbeing and Quality of life
  5. Climate Change and Energy
  6. Supporting and Resourcing the Sector

The first action plan (2006-2009) ‘Making It Happen’ was produced in August 2006

What's of interest

Every cubic metre of wood that is used as a substitute for other building materials saves around 2 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

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