Woodland management target "will not be reached" says RFS

The Forestry Commission's recently published England's Corporate Plan Indicators 2017 contains "particularly disappointing" figures on efforts to bring more of England's woodlands into active management, the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) has said.

Image: Henry Hemming (CC BY 2.0)
Image: Henry Hemming (CC BY 2.0)

With the percentage of woodland under management having been static for the past three years at around 58%, the government's target of achieving two-thirds in management by the end of next year now appears unrealistic.

Describing this as "disappointing", RFS chief executive Simon Lloyd says: "Managed woodlands increase productivity, nurture wildlife and enhance landscapes. Prices for timber and firewood have increased significantly and are a clear incentive to bring neglected woods into management."

He added: "Government and the forestry sector need to work together more effectively to engage landowners to understand the benefits of managed woodland and the risk to the health of woods from continued neglect."

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