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People power means a better future for Scotland’s woods

by Charles Dundas, Public Affairs Manager - Scotland on 22 March 2019

Hundreds of you responded to the consultation on Scotland's Forestry Strategy 2019-2029. Together, we’ve improved the outlook for Scotland’s valuable woods.

Securing our environment at a time of political upheaval

by James Cooper, Head of Government Affairs on 20 February 2019

Whatever the coming weeks may hold, it's clear that nature doesn't respect political and national boundaries and no one voted for a poorer environment.

New learning tool for planners to help protect ancient trees and woods

by Victoria Bankes Price, Planning Advisor on 30 January 2019

We’re working with the Royal Town Planning Institute to help planners understand the value of ancient woods and trees and how they can help.

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Collecting and removing firewood: is it legal?

by Rachel Hoskins, Content Editor on 22 January 2019

Ever wondered whether you can collect firewood from one of our woods? Find out how to source sustainable wood and why we chop down trees in our woods.

Network rail review holds promise for the environment

by Nick Atkinson, Senior Advisor on 30 November 2018

A review of Network Rail's lineside management has eased our earlier concerns. But we’ll be keeping a close eye on progress to make sure our precious environment is given the care and respect it deserves.

Westminster reception: celebrating the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy

by Owen Pugh, Government Affairs Officer on 26 November 2018

This year, our annual reception at Westminster focused on the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy and asked what else Parliamentarians can do to promote trees.

Taking the Northern Forest to the Labour Party Conference

by Richard O'Callaghan, Regional External Affairs Officer - North on 04 October 2018

We took the vision of the Northern Forest to the Labour party conference in Liverpool and were delighted by the support and enthusiasm it attracted from delegates and top politicians.

Campaign update: changes to planning legislation and more

by Naomi Tilley, Assistant Campaigner – Policy and Advocacy on 04 October 2018

In this month’s campaign update we’ll touch on some changes to planning law we all need to be aware of.

Wrexham council values its street trees and so should you

by Joseph Coles, Project Lead - Street Trees on 28 September 2018

Councils are getting a bad reputation for managing urban trees, but it’s not always fair. Find out how Wrexham is demonstrating good practice, care and appreciation of its street trees.

The Agriculture Bill: will it work for trees?

by Frances Winder, Conservation Policy Lead on 14 September 2018

The Government has published the first agricultural bill for almost 50 years. It sets out potential new laws to manage farming and land in England.