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.
The Government has been preparing a new Tree Strategy. It has a crucial role in supporting nature recovery and tackling the climate emergency. National Parks England has been meeting with officials from Defra and the Forestry Commission to ensure it furthers our ambitions for woodland in our protected landscapes. See our aspirations for the Tree Strategy and the important role we can play in its delivery.