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    RFS giving evidence in Government Forestry in England Inquiry

    The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) is to give evidence in January to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Sub-Committee inquiry into Forestry in England.

    The inquiry opened at the Palace of Westminster this month. The RFS submitted written evidence to the subcommittee in October and will be appearing before the inquiry on 10th January.

    RFS Chief Executive Simon Lloyd, who will represent the RFS, said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to put to the sub-committee the concerns of our members over the need to bring more woods into management, for support to manage environmental threats and the development of a skilled workforce for the future.”

    Also appearing on 10 January will be: Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs;  Beccy Speight, Chief Executive Officer, Woodland Trust and Martin Glynn, Fellow, Institute of Chartered Foresters.

    The session will explore a number of themes, including:

    • The barriers to increased forest and woodland planting;
    • The environmental, social and economic costs and benefits of forestry;
    • The grants and advice available to foresters and forest landowners; and
    • Government policy supporting the forestry sector.

    The Forestry Commission, Forest Research, Natural England, Confor, The National Forest Company and the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) gave evidence on the opening day of the inquiry when it explored themes around:

    •  The role and strategic framework of the different delivery bodies involved in supporting forestry in England;
    • The role of those who work in the forestry industry;
    • The barriers to increased forest and woodland planting;
    • The grants and advice available to foresters and forest landowners; and
    • The current and future in relation to forestry.

    The Sub-Committee Membership is as follows:  Neil Parish (Chair), Chris Davies, Simon Hart, Dr Paul Monaghan, Rebecca Pow and Angela Smith. You can follow the inquiry progress here and you can watch committees and parliamentary debates online: www.parliamentlive.tv

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