Lord Clark of Windermere marked his retirement by helping to fell two trees at Chapel House Wood, near Newby Bridge in Cumbria, where his forestry career began in 1956.
Lord Clark helped cut down the two trees as part of the Forestry Commission's ongoing woodland management in the area.
The 70-year-old started his working life aged 16 as a forest worker at Chapel House Wood with the former Bowness forestry firm, Mould & Bloomer. He helped to plant trees there in 1956.
Lord Clark said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my eight years as chairman of the Forestry Commission in England. The organisation was formed in 1919 to create a national reserve of timber in case of a future war but it has changed out of all recognition in recent years. The Forestry Commission now has a very strong focus on ensuring our woodlands provide a wide range of public benefits."
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