Forests and woodlands cover a significant land area, with one third of the public forest estate found within National Parks. They provide many benefits including valuable wildlife habitats, opportunities for recreation, and carbon sequestration. Forests and woodlands can also play a significant role in local economies as sources of building materials and woodfuel, as well as tourism activity.

National Parks England welcomed the report of the Independent Panel on Forestry in 2012 and the subsequent Government Forestry and Woodlands Policy Statement. We share the ambition to improve sustainable management of woodlands and increase their extent where appropriate.

Publications

Woodlands and Forestry in UK National Parks

Consultation responses

Defra Woodland Policy Enabling Programme - response (September 2013)

Independent Panel on Forestry call for views - response (July 2011)

Publications

CLG How the planning system in England can support mobile connectivity (August 2015)

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in England's National Parks

Farming in the English National Parks

Localism in National Parks

Historic Environment Joint Statement 2015

Our Historic Environment: Special landscapes shaped by people (2018)

Policy position statements

Policy Position Statement - Sustainable Tourism - 2013

Consultation Responses

National Parks England response - DECC consultation on Surface Development Restrictions for Hydraulic Fracturing (Dec 2015)

CLG - Local Plans Expert Group (October 2015)

National Parks England consultation response -Proposed changes to national planning policy - Feb 2016

Rural Planning Review - National Parks England response (April 2016)

Sport England Consultation Response by National Parks England - February 2016

DfT-Consultation-on-Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy NPE response May 2016

CLG Consultation on Amending PDRs for drilling boreholes - National Parks England response

Planning Performance and Planning Contributions - National Parks England response (April 2014)

CLG Planning Practice Guidance review - response (February 2013)

CLG Right to Buy - response (February 2012)

Greater flexibilities for change of use - National Parks England response (Oct 2013)

National Parks England response to Planning for the right homes in the right places CLG Consultation (Nov 2017)

English Heritage New Model - NPE response (Feb 2014)

NPE response to CLG consultation on New Homes Bonus (Sept 2013)

National Parks England response to Health and Harmony Command Paper (May 2018)