Online Hub Connects Planning and Forestry Sectors
A new website which enables information sharing between planners, foresters and developers has been launched. The site has been developed in response to Defra’s Forest Policy Statement last year, which recommended the establishment of a Forestry and Planning network to “demonstrate how trees and woodlands contribute to sustainable development and help enable growth.”
The site is designed to help professionals share the latest information and best practice. It also aims to showcase good examples of how trees and woodlands are protected and enhanced through the planning system.
The hub covers subjects including planning guidance, the value of trees and how tree management and new planting can be achieved through the planning system. It provides signposting links to other sites, enabling users to access the most up-to-date and pertinent information for their interests.
The development of the website was coordinated by The Mersey Forest with support from the Forestry Commission. It was launched at the Community Forest Conference on 19 March 2014 in Birmingham.
Tom Ferguson, Planning Policy Manager at The Mersey Forest, said: “Trees, woodlands and forests are constantly in the news at the moment – whether it’s a discussion of their use in flood defence systems, or the impact that spending time in woodlands can have on our health and wellbeing.
“There has never been a better time to launch this new hub, which will provide a useful resource for planners, developers and foresters.
This will both ensure that more numbers of high-quality trees are being planted through the planning system, and increase the recognition of the value of trees and woodland in delivering growth and a wide range of other public goods.”
The new website is available here:
TransPennine Express/HEYwoods Woodland Project
The TransPennine Express/HEYwoods Woodland Project is a partnership initiative that has seen wildlife and public access improvement works at Priory Way, Hull