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Unmanaged woodlands: the hidden threat
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The lack of any increase in the amount of woodland in management in England, says the Royal Forestry Society (RFS), could threaten the health of our woodlands.

The latest update of Forestry Commission England's Corporate Plan Performance Indicators (30 June 2017), published this month, shows the figure for woodlands under management has remained at 58 out of every 100 hectares for the past three years. 

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Well managed woodlands can help prevent the spread of pests and diseases

" Managed woodlands are healthy woodlands," says Chief Executive Simon Lloyd: " Good management promotes biodiversity, helps prevent spread of diseases to neighbouring woodlands, and can mitigate against damage by pests such as grey squirrels and deer. 

" Headlines tend to linger on the lamentable lack of new plantings which fall well short of Government targets, but it is also important that we do not overlook the potential timber and wood fuel resource locked up in those 42% of woodlands not in management and that we value what they could bring to the environment and local economies."

The RFS has called for more effective incentives for landowners to bring existing woodlands into management.

FC England's latest headline indicators are is available here