Confor webinar for members on England Tree Strategy

11 August 2020

Confor members are invited to a webinar on Monday (17th August) to discuss what they would like to see in the England Tree Strategy. [Book here]

The consultation on the Strategy ends on September 11th and Confor will be putting in a response, but also encouraging members to respond themselves. You can do that here 

Speakers at the webinar - which runs from 1pm-145pm - are Caroline Ayre, Confor's National Manager for England, Olly Combe, Confor’s North England chair, and Justin Mumford, Confor’s East England chair.

Mr Combe will cover the main issues for the members in the North of England, while Mr Mumford will focus on the South of England.

However, most of the session will be taken over by questions and comments from members that will help build on our main asks of the Strategy.

Caroline Ayre said: "This is an important opportunity to input into the first England Tree Strategy since 2007.

"We want to hear from as many members as possible about the issues that matter to them - but we want them to focus strongly on evidence from their own experience and how they think things can be done better.  Members are also urged to complete the online survey here to help record these experiences.

"How can the Strategy support their business and the wider sector more effectively? What changes do we need to make - and why?"

She said that key areas for Confor were ensuring woodland establishment which a had a clear purpose, making processes and procedures for woodland establishment clear and easy, supporting woodland management and stimulating markets for wood products. Confor has produced a briefing, which sets out what it is seeking to achieve from the Strategy on behalf of members. Read it here 

Click here to book a place at the webinar. When you are given a range of options, click on "Continue checking out as a guest".

The consultation asks for views on:  

  • how to expand, protect and improve our public and private trees and woodlands,  
  • the increased role that trees and woodlands can play in supporting the economy, 
  • how best to further connect people to nature, and 
  • the most effective way in which trees and woodlands can be created and managed to help combat climate change. 

Forestry Minister Lord Goldsmith, said:  “This consultation will help inform a keystone strategy which will be vital for helping us deliver the government’s tree planting commitment, our commitment to the recovery of nature and reaching net zero emissions by 2050.   

“But, we need input from the sector and public. I encourage everyone to give their views to design a tree strategy that delivers the maximum benefits for our environment for generations to come.”

Read the Defra news release here