South West Norfolk MP, Elizabeth Truss, has backed Government plans to protect national forests and woodlands.
David Heath, minister of state for agriculture and food, today outlined details of the Government’s forestry and woodland policy in response to the report from the Independent Panel on Forestry.
Ms Truss described the statement as ‘excellent news’.
“I had called on the previous secretary of state for Defra to ensure access was maintained to our woodlands.
“It will provide long term protection of our forests and woodlands for future generations,” she said.
The plans include the introduction of a public body to hold England’s Public Forest Estate in trust.
Mr Heath’s statement also outlines the promotion of community involvement in managing woodlands.
Ms Truss said the work of the Friends of Thetford Forest meant this was already a reality in Breckland.
“I will be inviting the Defra secretary of state to tour the forest with me to meet some of the individuals and organisations that make Thetford Forest a wonderful and unique environment, as well as generating a valuable source of income for the local economy,” she said.