Tree policy document will be key

A leading tree consultant is gearing up for the launch of a major new report that could form the linchpin of Government tree policy.

Jeremy Barrell said the Trees, Woods and Forests Strategy Document, due for publication in November, would have sharp policy teeth.

The report by the Forestry Commission and English Nature has been under consultation for many months and embraces new policy directions, he said.

These included climate change as well as environmental and social issues. Last year the government launched a Strategy for England's Trees, Woods and Forests. This latest document will form the national implementation plan of that strategy.

Barrell, who launched an urban-tree canopy initiative two years ago with consultant Neville Fay, said climate change had forced trees up the policy agenda.

"Climate change has become so important, and this report differs from others in a major way - it is being published not as a wish list but as a proper policy initiative.

"It will be harder for middle managers to resist policy when it starts hitting them from all directions."


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