The Independent Panel on Forestry has released its interim
progress report this week, outlining their views thus far on the
future of forests and woodlands in England.
The Panel was established in March 2011 to help advise on the
future direction of forestry and woodland policy in England as a
response to the public uproar over the proposed sale of the public
The Kennel Club welcomes the Panel's support for public forests and
for its recognition and backing that 'current level and quality of
access to the public forest estate should be maintained, for the
long term, and for the benefit and health of the nation.'
A word from the Kennel Club
Caroline Kisko, the Kennel Club's Communications Director, said:
"The report highlights the importance of forestry and woodland to
the public and believes that there is a vital role in continuing
the role of a national public forest estate in England.
"Dog walkers comprise one of the largest forest access user groups,
with 48% of people walking on Forestry Commission land doing so
with their dogs. The report's consideration of the importance of
access to all users is essential in securing and improving future
access to all.
"The Kennel Club supports the Panel's interim findings and hopes
that the final report will truly consider the needs of permissive
access users which are the most vulnerable in any potential land
The Independent Panel on Forestry's final recommendations and
full report will be released in spring 2012.