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RFS Position Statement on Natural Resources Wales
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Natural Resources Wales takes over responsibility for forestry from Forestry Commission Wales from 1 April 2013

Date Issued: 06 February 2013

 

The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) says it will be keeping a watching brief when Natural Resources Wales takes over responsibility for forestry from Forestry Commission Wales from 1 April 2013. Of particular concern to RFS members in Wales will be a smooth transition of the administration of woodland grants, the quality of advice available to private woodland owners and a vibrant business culture in which forestry can grow.

The society has also pledged to work with other organisations to ensure that the voices of commercial forestry and of private woodland owners are heard within Natural Resources Wales.

Director of Development Simon Lloyd said: “Like many, we are concerned that the voice of forestry might be marginalised as Natural Resources Wales amalgamates the Forestry Commission Wales, the Environment Agency and Countryside Commission for Wales (CCW). As the new organisation takes shape over the next two years, we will be keeping a watching brief on its progress on behalf of our many members in Wales.

“The creation of Natural Resources Wales comes at a time when there is expected to be a significant rise in the number of applications for Glastir Woodland Creation and Woodland Management Grants as former grant schemes come to an end. We will be looking to the Welsh Government to ensure that the processes are in place for applications to be processed and managed effectively to encourage a growth in woodland management across Wales.”