"It is crucial to maintain the momentum on Brexit and urged everyone in the forestry and timber sector to share their views by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org"
Stuart Goodall, Confor's Chief Executive, wrote the introduction to the report, which he describes as "an excellent basis for businesses to think about how they react to Brexit in a considered and appropriate way".
His introduction also says: "Confor will continue to work closely with all parties to deliver successful outcomes for the rural economy. However, while working hard to shape future policy, we must not be consumed by Brexit. The success of our sector depends upon greatly enhanced tree planting and we must address that issue here and now, as planting levels are unacceptably low."
Mr Goodall said today: "I am delighted that we are able to publish the report with the support of the APPGF office-bearers. Chris and Anne-Marie have been great supporters of the forestry and timber sector and have a real understanding of the issues.
"Confor is already pressing ahead with the next phase of its Brexit work. We have set up five workstreams in key areas, including the future shape of rural funding and policy, how to drive up planting rates and EU legislation and regulation. Each workstream is led by a senior figure in the forestry and timber sector and Confor will use their findings - and recommendations for action - as the basis for a further report to take to the party conferences in the autumn.
“There are still many unknowns around Brexit but we need to consider what the forestry and timber sector wants the future to look like and to be ready to react when we have more clarity on exactly what Brexit might mean for our industry.”