Head of Government Affairs
I work to increase the Trust's influence in Westminster, Whitehall and local government.
James Cooper has 32 items in their collection
Time to walk the walk on woodland policy
Blog post By James Cooper, 20 October 2017, Policy & influence, Threats, Ancient trees
The Government’s response to the Commons Environment Select Committee report on forestry has plenty of fine words but clarity and action are needed.
Taking trees to the top
Blog post By James Cooper, 6 October 2017, Threats, Policy & influence
Autumn isn’t just about beautiful colours and falling leaves – it’s also political party conference season, and we’ve been in Brighton and Manchester to convince politicians to do the right thing by trees.
New parliament: new hope for woods and trees?
Blog post By James Cooper, 16 June 2017, Policy & influence
What might the new parliament mean for woods and trees? As negotiations surrounding Brexit begin, we want Britain to come away with an improved position in European sustainability.
Growing the future once more: our priorities for parliament
Blog post By James Cooper, 28 April 2017, Policy & influence
With a General Election around the corner, we lay out our priorities for the new Parliament
Six priorities for the 2017 UK Parliament
Publication By James Cooper, Position statement, 27 April 2017, Development and planning
The challenges facing the natural environment are very real and are heavily bound up with our leaving the European Union. With this in mind, the Woodland Trust has rewritten its 6 priorities for 2017 UK Parliament to reflect the new context within which we find ourselves.
Vision for Greener UK launched at Westminster
Blog post By James Cooper, 23 February 2017, Policy & influence
Greener UK held a Parliamentary event on 22 Feb 17, attended by representatives of all 13 Coalition partners including the Woodland Trust’s CEO and Head of Government Affairs.
Trees in the political spotlight
Blog post By James Cooper, 15 December 2016, Policy & influence
There is a heightened focus on trees in Parliament - and plenty to play for. Find out more.
Major environmental organisations unite as UK exits the EU
Blog post By James Cooper, 9 December 2016, Policy & influence, Threats
We are joining 12 other major environmental organisations to unite through a new Greener UK coalition, to ensure that the UK uses the 'once in a generation' opportunity presented by the forthcoming Brexit negotiations to restore and enhance the UK’s environment.
Autumn reflections on trees and the post-referendum political landscape
Blog post By James Cooper, 21 September 2016, Policy & influence
This year has not seen a normal run-in to conference season. James Cooper reflects on trees and the post-referendum political landscape.
Growing the future (once more)
Blog post By James Cooper, 19 July 2016, Policy & influence
Parliamentarians have been telling us that they have never witnessed anything like the events since the EU referendum. In response, we've sought to revise our 'six principles for trees and woods, securing the benefits they deliver for wildlife and people'.