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1542: Making land available for woodland creation

This paper is summarised from ‘Making Land Available for Woodland Creation’ by Matt Lobley, Hilary Winter, Nick Millard, Allan Butler and Michael Winter of the University of Exeter Centre for Rural Policy Research. The full report is CRPR Research Paper No 35

Year of Publication2012

There are a number of types of landowner, notably a range of conservation organisations, local authorities, the Church Commissioners and individual Dioceses that potentially offer some scope for the Forestry Commission to develop and build on its existing experience of partnership working. In addition, targeting agricultural land owners at the point of transfer of ownership (either through sale or succession) or retirement could yield opportunities for woodland planting. Commodity prices, grant aid, fiscal treatment, development of markets and off-setting for ecosystem services are likely to be at the core of encouraging greater uptake in woodland production.

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