Terms of reference
- To advise the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the future direction of forestry and woodland policy in England.
- To advise on the role of the Forestry Commission in implementing policy on forestry and woodland in relation to England.
- In formulating this advice, the Panel should consider:
- how woodland cover can be increased, given competing pressures on land use for food production, energy and development;
- options for enhancing public benefits from all woodland and forests, in the light of the Lawton Report and the Natural Environment White Paper, including;
- public access for recreation and leisure;
- biodiversity, wildlife protection and ecological resilience, includingthrough restoration of open habitats and plantations on ancient woodland sites;
- climate change mitigation and adaptation;
- economic development, particularly to support a sustainable timber industry and a wide range of small and medium sized enterprises, including social enterprises; and
- engagement and participation of civil society.
- constraints and competing demands on public expenditure for this Spending Review period and beyond;
- the role of Forest Enterprise England as the manager of productive forestry resources;
- the value for money and cost-effectiveness of the public forest estate in England and options for its future ownership and management.
- In formulating its advice to the Secretary of State, the Panel will be expected to engage and take evidence from the widest range of views and interest.
- The Panel will report to the Secretary of State in April 2012, with a progress report in the autumn of 2011.
Updated 18 April 2011
- Original Terms of Reference (March 2011)
- Terms of Reference (March 2011) (pdf, 14 KB)