Horsemeat, papal resignations, 10p tax rate. The Government’s new Forestry Policy Statement, even – or is that especially? – in the world of Defra politics, feels more than a fortnight ago already.
A couple of weeks on, as the dust settles, people have also had more time to reflect on the Statement. Whilst remaining of the view that it is a good platform, they are finding heightened significance in the odd statement here, a caveat there or indeed, finding even more ominous omissions.
One thing that has been at the fore over the last six months or so is the talk of ‘a new woodland culture’. That was the very engaging, over-arching narrative of the Panel’s report and in a refreshingly frank address to the All Party Conservation and Wildlife Group (APCWG) this week, the Forestry Minister, David Heath spoke of how the absence of such a culture in the…
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