WOODLANDS & FORESTS � TIMELINE OF EVENTS

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					                                        WOODLANDS & FORESTS – TIMELINE OF EVENTS

Date            Event                                                       Outcome

27.1.2011       PFE England Public Consultation                             Withdrawn by Government February 2011
                Responsible body: Forestry Commission (in partnership
                with Defra)
Jan 2011        National Petition Launched against sell-off of PFE          Over 500,000 signatures. Led to coalition Government’s
                                                                            1st u-turn.
February 2011   Government official withdraw their original consultation    Led to formation of IFP

17.3.2011       Independent Forestry Panel was formed                       Report and recommendations published 4 July 2012

4.7.2012        IFP publish their Report and Recommendations                Now closed, awaiting Government response

4.7.2012        Secretary of State issues statement                         There will be no sell-off of the PFE. Defra will respond
                                                                            fully by January 2013
20.7.12         Meeting with FCN / FC / Defra                               Further meetings to be arranged – nothing forthcoming as
                                                                            at 3.10.12

28.8.2012       Defra launch a series of online surveys stating that they   1 x 4 question survey has remained on the website with
                wish to continue the ‘conversation’                         no further surveys being uploaded since 28.8.12

                Will set up a Project Board and a National Forestry         There is no clear information on the project board, who is
                Stakeholder Forum plus Ministerial visits and meetings to   on it and what their terms of reference are
                help inform Government in readiness for its response in
                January 2013                                                There is no clear information of who/where/when this
                                                                            stakeholder forum is taking place – updated below

                                                                            There has been no clear indication or schedule of
                                                                            Ministerial visits and meetings to date

                                                                            Desmond Swayne MP is writing to David Heath MP for
                                                                            further information. (28.9.12)
                                                                                                  Public Forest Estate/Timeline/10October2012
Sept 2012   Tristram Hilborn of the Forestry Commission England met      Discussions will be fed into the Project Board’s response
            with a few FCN groups but not all                            to Government

3.10.2012   FCN groups made aware of a joint consultation by             The outcome of this consultation will be fed into Defra for
            Forestry Commission England and Natural England              Government’s response in January 2013.
            entitled “The Potential for Woodland Creation in England”.
            This is to close on 31.10.2012

5.10.2012   Some FCN Groups have been invited to the first National
            Stakeholder Forum on 31 October 2012. Groups invited
            are:
            Save Our Woods
            Hands Off Our Forest
            Save Cannock Chase
            One Voice, New Forest
            Save Kielder
            Friends of Thetford Forest
            Friends of Sandlings Forest




                                                                                               Public Forest Estate/Timeline/10October2012

				
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