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27 JANUARY 2011 NEWS RELEASE No: 14384

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New direction for England's Public Forest Estate

England’s best known historic forests will be protected for future generations under proposals announced by Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman today.

The transfer of heritage forests such as the New Forest and the Forest of Dean to charitable trusts will mean walkers, riders and cyclists will still be able to enjoy them as they do at the moment.

The proposals are contained in a consultation document on the ownership and management of the 18 per cent of England’s woodland currently run by the Forestry Commission. 

For the full press notice please visit the Defra website or for the consultation document go to our website.