The Timber Pallet & Packaging Confederation (TIMCON) says the targets to
expand English woodland suggested by the Independent Panel on Forestry’s
report should be brought further forward.
The Defra-commissioned report, which was published last week, recommends that
English forest cover should be increased from 10 per cent of total land area to 15
per cent by 2060 - a goal TIMCON believes could be achieved sooner.
John Dye, TIMCON president, said:
“The Independent Panel on Forestry has
produced an excellent report, which details the vital role that our domestic
woodland has to play, from the point of view of the UK economy, leisure activities
and care for the environment, to name just three.
“We fully endorse the report’s recommendation of re-assessing the benefits of
English forests and expanding the amount of planted area significantly. This sets
the scene well for preserving essential supplies of timber for manufacturing and
raising the profile of forestry, which is perhaps the country’s most environmentally