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Confor has delivered a five-point forestry action plan to create rural jobs, tackle climate change, build homes and protect wildlife in its manifesto for the UK Government election.
MSPs Fergus Ewing and Roseanna Cunningham send a letter to Rural Economy and Environment Stakeholders about the ongoing efforts of the Scottish Government to protect Scotland’s interests in Europe during the UK’s negotiations to leave the European Union.
Confor has welcomed moves by the UK Government that will put forestry right at the heart of discussions about Brexit, giving the sector equal status to farming and fisheries.
Presentation by Giles Hanglin, Head of Rural Research, Savills UK.
A senior minister in the UK Government's Brexit team has had discussions with Confor on the major issues affecting the forestry and timber sector during a visit to a sawmill.
Brexit update in February: Confor has started work to develop a detailed position on Brexit, with the aim of pursuing an integrated land use policy and funding framework for the UK with forestry at its heart.
The forestry and timber sector has a strong opportunity to take advantage of a post-Brexit world where silo thinking on land use breaks down.
“It is really important that we look at change as an opportunity, not just a challenge” says Confor chief executve Stuart Goddall.
A packed Fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference, organised by Confor and The Woodland Trust, also heard a rallying-cry for creative thinking about rural land use and policy in the new environment.
Confor has released an ambitious blueprint for a thriving forestry and timber sector as the United Kingdom maps out a post-Brexit future.