Just in time for possible new owners the Forestry Commission task force set up to “identify ways to reduce the regulatory burden on those who seek to create and sustainably manage forests, helping to support a more competitive, profitable and commercially resilient sector which continues to play a part in economic recovery” is reviewing forestry regulation.
Does this mean there could be a relaxing of regulations for possible new owners?
These are the questions the task force has been set up to find answers to:
Where can regulations affecting forestry be implemented in a more proportionate, risk-based, targeted and efficient way?
What lessons can be learned from the approaches taken in other countries with well developed forest sectors and cultures?
Where can inspections be reduced when risks are low?
How can a more outcome-focused approach be taken: what is it that is trying to be achieved?
How can the concept and practice of ‘earned recognition’ be best applied to the sector?
How can regulators work better together?
Is the UK ‘gold-plating’ any EU legislation/directives? Can these burdens be removed?
What regulatory burdens are deterring sustainable forest management or threatening woodland owners and managers’ profitability?
How might changes to the regulatory framework attract new entrants to the sector and promote a greater interest in active and sustainable woodland management?
Read the full press release on the Forestry Commission website and leave us your views in the comments section below.