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NATIONAL FOREST COMMISSION GETS GO AHEAD FROM GOVERNMENT

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Government has reaffirmed its strong support for the National Forest by giving its approval for a wide-ranging publ...
Government has reaffirmed its strong support for the National Forest by giving its approval for a wide-ranging public consultation to be carried out on the strategy for the National Forest.

The three-month consultation exercise was launched today (12 October) in the presence of Tim Yeo, Minister of State for the Environment and Countryside, and Earl Howe, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Agriculture, at a forum being held at the heart of the forest, and organised by the Countryside Commission and its National Forest Development Team.

'The Forest shows how environmental improvement and economic development can go hand in hand. But the visions of the forest can only be realised with the full participation of the local community. That is why I am pleased to announce the publication today of the draft forest strategy, and the start of a three month period of public consultation,' said Mr Yeo.
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