Potential for Woodland Creation in England

October 11, 2012

The Forestry Commission and Natural England would like your views on the potential for woodland creation in the landscapes that you know over the next 50 years. This will help us to identify where there may be opportunities to meet national objectives to create more woodland, and to build up a picture of what is possible over the long term, so that support and interventions can be targeted. Decisions on the ground will of course remain the choice of owners and be subject to appropriate local consultation and assessment. We are asking for comments on ‘woodland creation potential’ for each of England’s National Character Areas, as mapped by Natural Englandhttp://www.naturalengland.org.uk/publications/nca/searchpage.aspx. This will help to capture the views of local people and allow communities to inform us about local character and the features which they value most within their landscape. We value your views and hope that you will communicate this opportunity to respond widely within your organisation and to others, as appropriate. To further support this exercise, Forestry Commission Area Directors will also be making contact with the partnerships and organisations they work with, and the England Woodland and Timber Partnership will also help us to get the messages out and the feedback in. The web-based response form and associated information and documentation, including links to the Woodland Potential Calculator, are available at http://www.forestry.gov.uk/england-wpcresponse. We’d really like your feedback by Wednesday 31 October so we can use it to inform our thinking on the Government’s response to the Independent Panel on Forestry recommendations on woodland expansion (http://www.defra.gov.uk/forestrypanel/reports/). However, responses received before end December 2012 will still be very useful. We do hope that you and your organisation are able to provide your thoughts on the potential for woodland creation in England over the next 50 years, and look forward to receiving your response. Dominic Driver (Head of Woodland Expansion and National Expertise, Forestry Commission England) Jim Smyllie (Executive Director, People, Landscape and Biodiversity, Natural England)

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