The Lake District woodlands in which people enjoy riding mountain bikes
and horses or like to go walking
should be visited by the panel charged with devising government policy for forests, two campaign groups have said.
Friends of the Lake District (FLD) and Save Lakeland's Forest have urged the panel headed by the Bishop of Liverpool to come to the national park and learn about the issues facing such areas there.
FLD spokesperson Jack Ellerby argued the group need to visit different forests in various locations to find out how their needs vary, before they submit an interim report this autumn.
"I would therefore urge the Panel to make time for a visit to the Lake District's forests over the summer including talking to wildlife experts, walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders in this area," he concluded.
Both groups urged supporters to write to the panel to make their views known.
FLD is also keen for those supporting proposals to extend the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national park boundaries to join Natural England's consultation before the July 1st deadline.