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The Autumn/Winter 2017 FoTF Newsletter is out now! Check out the newsletters section to view it, and previous newsletters.

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The Independent Panel on Forestry (IPF)

The Independent Panel advising the Government on Forestry Policy in England has published its Final Report.

The panel was made up of the following persons:

Chair:

  • The Right Reverend James Jones - Bishop of Liverpool

Members:

  • Shireen Chambers - Institute of Chartered Foresters
  • Dr Mike Clarke - Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
  • Tom Franklin - Ramblers
  • Stuart Goodall - Confederation of Forest Industries
  • Stephanie Hilborne OBE - Wildlife Trusts
  • Sue Holden - Woodland Trust
  • Dr Alan Knight OBE - Single Planet Living
  • Dame Fiona Reynolds - National Trust
  • Sir Harry Studholme - Forestry Commissioner
  • John Varley - Clinton Devon Estates
  • William Worsley - Country Land and Business Association

As you can see none of the Friends' groups representing the various different forests around the UK were invited to sit on the panel which to us seems a serious omission - Whilst not claiming to be experts, FoTF have a good idea of what the public want from the Public Forest Estate.

On accepting the invitation to chair the Panel, the Bishop said "...one of the panel's first tasks will be to meet with the grassroots campaigners who recently showed how much they valued their local woodlands"

He added "...the public can have confidence that we will be robustly independent."

You can see the letter FoTF has sent to the 'Panel of Experts' Chair, Rt Rev James Jones here

The Independent Panel (http://www.defra.gov.uk/rural/forestry/panel) on the future of forests and woods in England has asked for our views. You can read more details about this, and the FoTFP response, here.