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Independent Panel on Forestry publish progress report

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Pam Warhurst CBE Chair of the Forestry Commission

The Independent Panel on Forestry, set-up to advise the Government on the future of England’s forests and woods, has today (8 December) published its progress report.

The Panel says it is working towards recommendations that will increase the benefits generated from all forests in England, including to the people that enjoy them, to nature and to the businesses that rely on them. The recommendations will be made in their final report to Government in spring 2012.

Pam Warhurst, Forestry Commission Chair said:

“We will take the time to examine the Independent Panel’s Progress Report in detail. It is clear from their call for views that forestry and the country’s woodlands remain close to people’s hearts. We thank the Panel for the efforts they have put in to getting out to see a variety of woodlands and gathering as much information and opinion as they could. Bishop James has spoken with our National Committee recently and we were impressed by the breadth and balance he outlined for the report. We look forward to working with the Panel and Ministers once we have the final recommendations.”


Notes to Editor

  1. For more information about the Independent Panel on Forestry including the terms of reference visit

  2. Media contact: Stuart Burgess, 0117 372 1073,