Despite previous intentions, including the selling of 15% of UK public forests, the government has announced that it will not sell off publicly owned forests in England.

It says it will create a new public body that will hold in trust the nation’s forests for future generations.

This is great news for the UK, and reduces the risk of the loss of the National Forest Estate (NFE), which will allow on-going management for the benefit of the community, biodiversity, recreation, conservation, habitat management and timber production management.

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