Final Report published on 4 July 2012, including press release and proposed Forestry Commission governance structure.
The report calls for England’s woods and forests to be re-valued for all the benefits they provide.
These include areas for recreation, clean air, clean water, and habitats for wildlife. They also lock up carbon, provide shade and can help reduce flooding. Wood is the raw material for timber frame buildings, furniture, flooring, fuel, and of course paper.
The report calls for a revival of a woodland culture that appreciates how important trees are for people, for nature and the economy.
The report also makes clear that the Independent Panel on Forestry believes the public forest estate is a national asset, which should remain in public ownership. The Panel recommends an evolution of the Forestry Commission. The new organisations should have greater financial freedoms and investment to generate even greater benefits for people, nature and the economy.