Government sell-off of woodlands must involve role for professional foresters

Plans to increase community ownership of woodland in England need to be centred on the skills of professionals, according to the Institute of Chartered Foresters.

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is concerned that public forests in England, which are to be sold as part of the Government spending review, will be poorly protected by community and civil society.

The ICF maintains that transfer of the nation’s forests to community ownership needs to be managed so that the skilled professionals are able to continue this work. 

ICF executive director, Shireen Chambers said:

"Communities need resources to enable them to take on woodland management and we need to make sure that government plans take account of this. There has been a long history of professional foresters helping communities, and we want to make sure that they are fully aware of the expertise required. Our members are in a key position to facilitate this and be a key part in any transition."

Paul Nolan, Chair of England’s Community Forests added:

"Professional forestry input enables communities to get the most from their involvement with their woodlands. Communities value the fact that they are able to come to organisations like ours for advice, we do not put a damper on their involvement, but help them avoid problems and also provide training to gain new skills and knowledge and this encourages ongoing involvement."

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

IoG Saltex 2017 - Kit showcase

IoG Saltex 2017 - Kit showcase

Mowers, turf care, battery equipment, seeds, arboriculture kit and weed control will all see a wide range of new releases at Saltex, Sally Drury reports.

Get set for Saltex 2017

Get set for Saltex 2017

This year's Saltex show at the NEC in Birmingham offers something for everyone, says Sally Drury.

Horticulture education update - staying on course

Horticulture education update - staying on course

Raised levels of investment in horticulture education and increased student take-up is welcome news for the industry, says Rachel Anderson.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

IOG Saltex

Get set for IoG Saltex 2017 with our comprehensive show guide and exhibitor info.

Jeremy Barrell On...

Jeremy Barrell

Tree consultant Jeremy Barrell reflects on the big issues in arboriculture.

Products & Kit Resources