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Walkers to be represented on forest body

Posted 18 March 2011
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Walkers to be represented on forest body
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Those who like to go walking will be represented on the new body charged with devising future government forestry policy as the head of the Ramblers is to join it.

Environment secretary Caroline Spelman has asked chief executive of the body Tom Franklin to join the panel, which she said would be set up following the recent abandonment of plans to sell off Forestry Commission land.

It will look at all of England's forests - not just those owned by the commission - and Mr Franklin said he was pleased to be able to contribute.

He stated: "We spoke out against previous proposals and their consequences for the woodland walk and now welcome the chance to look at policy afresh, for all of England's woodlands, ensuring that access is at its heart."

Mr Franklin said he in turn wanted to hear the views of community groups so he could represent them in the discussions.

The government has announced there will be 12 members on the panel, which will be chaired by the Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend James Jones.

Also on the panel is the director general of the National Trust Dame Fiona Reynolds.