of the Government's Response to the Forestry Panel's Report
Forest Estate to remain in public ownership.
Policy of 15% disposal has been rescinded. Sufficient
funding in the Spending Review to ensure high levels of public benefit.
body to be created alongside the FC to hold the land in trust.
Greater independence from Government but safeguards for long term
benefits. Income generating role. Engagement role (LAFS?).
To work independently but report to Parliament through the Secretary
of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Exploring
whether scope for group of expert 'Guardians', including representatives
of community groups, to advise and support.
to work with forest and woodland landowners to improve public access.
Particularly close to towns and cities
health duty. Recognition of the importance of health and well-being
and the contribution made by green space.
agenda. Potential for Neighbourhood Planning to include
woodland through the Localism Act 2011, Local Green Space designation
under the National Planning Policy Framework or new woodland through
section 106 or the Community Infrastructure Levy.
by the Law Commission, Spring 2013, on conservation covenants.
Binding obligation in perpetuity in woodland conservation -
benefits for biodiversity or potentially access.
Review of Natural England and the Environment Agency. Government
seeking to ensure that forestry proposals in line with Review outcomes.
Nature Partnerships and Local Enterprise Partnerships.
Many woodland aspects could be incorporated including access
Agricultural Policy and Rural Development Programme for England.
Revised schemes under discussion. Regulatory framework
and budget may offer potential for woodland funding.
Access and Recreation messages to achieve social and community benefits:
with the sector in seeking funding for possible future initiatives
aimed at developing local access, individual potential and community
cohesion through engagement with trees, woods and forests,
a new initiative to develop further the involvement of local communities
with the Public Forest Estate,
to a pilot project to test further social enterprise activities in
guidance to assist Local Authorities in reviewing Rights of Way Improvement
Plans, with a particular emphasis on woodland access improvements,
a pilot project to assess and improve the condition, quality, and
connectivity of Public Rights of Way for woodland access by foot,
cycle and horse,
to provide data for the Woodland Trustís VisitWoods web gateway and
work with the Woodland Trust to identify future funding,
to support a sector-led Forestry and Planning network encouraging
them to demonstrate how trees and woodlands contribute to sustainable
development and help enable growth,
the Royal Forestry Society to include an Urban Forestry category in
their Excellence in Forestry Awards.
Government will continue to use the Woodland Trust's Woodland Access
Standard to measure progress. A new baseline will
be available in 2013 for measuring access improvements. This
will allow more effective targeting of future access improvement initiatives.