The Independent Forestry Panel was established on 17 March 2011 by the Secretary of State, Caroline Spelman, to advise government on the future direction of forestry and woodland policy in England.
The Panel is chaired by the Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool, and members have wide experience, knowledge and interests in the economic, social and environmental aspects of forestry and woodlands.
On 4 July 2012 the Panel published its Final Report containing advice to the Secretary of State on the future direction of forestry and woodland policy in England.
The final report is available to view online at http://www.defra.gov.uk/forestrypanel/reports/
Forestry Commission Chair Pam Warhurst said:
“The Panel has worked tirelessly over the last 15 months to take on board a comprehensive range of views, culminating in this landmark report for forestry.”
“Working with Defra colleagues on our response to the report, we need to make sure we do justice to this effort – for the businesses that provide jobs locally, for the wildlife that relies on healthy woodlands, and for the communities that have such strong bonds with the nation’s forests.”