Public forests must not be sold, say advisersQuicklink submitted by Kyle McDermott Permalink
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|'We need a new culture of thinking and action around wood and woodlands,' the Rt Rev Jones said in the report's foreword. '[We need] a new way of valuing and managing the natural and social capital of our woodland resource, alongside the timber they contain.' Responding to the panel's findings, Woodland Trust policy director Hilary Allison said: 'We are delighted that the Independent Panel on Forestry has unequivocally recommended... that the public forest should remain safe in public ownership.' Following the publication of the report, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said: 'Our forests will stay in public hands. We will not sell the public forest estate. 'We'll be talking to all those who are passionate about our forests to decide how we will manage our forests for the future,' she added.|
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