The next three days should see the Government response to the report of the Independent Panel on Forestry – a nation holds its breath.
Government has hardly rushed into print having had nearly seven months to read a 72-page report.
I am still of the opinion that there is a real need for government to retain the ownership of the very best of our forests in order to protect their cultural and wildlife value but I’m not going to get worked up over the fate of many grotty little commercial woodlands that are currently in public ownership. I doubt whether government will say anything very exciting on this subject but we’ll have to wait and see.
Anyone with a radical turn of mind would be asking why we have a government agency (OK – actually a non-ministerial government department) in charge of trees alone. We should be seeing the Forestry Commission being merged with Natural England to form a proper Forest and Wildlife Service – but I doubt that we will see anything as exciting as that either.
Government is thinking about its agencies right now – although only EA and NE but not FC. How odd! More on this later in the week.