I’ve been writing a response to this year’s England Tree Strategy Consultation. This is the essentially the final draft, which I will submit before the deadline on the 11th: TreeStrategy2020Response.pdf
I focus on three problems with the planning system and the the new firewood regulations:
- Consistent national guidelines for the minimum size of sheds, barns etc which will be viewed as reasonably necessary for forestry.
- Processing wood into finished products should be classed within the definition of forestry, when using wood from the same woodland.
- Woodland-based education should be classed as forestry.
- The legal requirement to join the Woodsure auditing scheme at the cost of hundreds of pounds a year will wipe out any profit for many small woodland owners.
If you’ve read my pieces “The long tail of forestry” and “Regulating wet firewood” you will be familiar with the background to these proposals. We shall see if the message is picked up in the consultation.