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Coalition in new forestry pledge

Posted 7 January 2013
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Coalition in new forestry pledge
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The coalition government has promised a major new tree-planting exercise and a new future for English forests.

In its mid-term report to mark the halfway point in the current parliament, the document presented by prime minister David Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg said: "We will plant a million trees by 2015 and put English forestry on a more sustainable footing, building on the report by the Independent Panel on Forestry headed by the Bishop of Liverpool."

The report had been produced by the panel after plans to sell off the public forest estate were scrapped and included ideas to ensure more access for those who want to go walking or ride mountain bikes in forests.

In November last year, the Wildlife and Countryside Link Nature Check 2012 report listed the forests as being among the areas of concern over the government's attitude to green issues.

The report - compiled by 39 groups including the Ramblers - expressed fears due to the apparent absence of any new policy commitments over forestry in England.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801518022-ADNFCR