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Landowners Help Create The National Forest

Thursday, 21st January 2010

In total, eight landowners, representing all three counties within The National Forest (Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire), have been awarded grants through the National Forest’s Changing Landscapes Scheme (CLS) 2009. They were presented with their certificates at an event in Ashby de la Zouch at the heart of the Forest, by Martin Glynn, non-executive Director of the National Forest Company (NFC).  Martin Glynn retires in March and he has played a vital role in developing The National Forest’s woodland economy:  how people can earn their living through the creation and maintenance of the Forest and the use of timber products.

Martin Glynn said: ‘CLS is one of the main mechanisms by which we create The National Forest and it is thanks to the landowners, agents and applicants who are here today that we are again adding substantially to the Forest cover.  It is always a complete joy to see the Forest change each year, as the woodlands grow and new schemes are planted and I offer many congratulations to all the successful applicants.  I wish you much enjoyment of your woodlands.’ 

CLS enables landowners to convert suitable land to woodland and nature conservation areas, enabling them to make sustainable choices for the use of their land and benefiting wildlife and the environment through planting trees, creating wetlands, parkland, meadows and new hedgerows.

Last year’s Scheme, to be planted up this year, will see 41 ha converted to woodland, almost 100,000 trees planted and the creation and management of 16 ha of parkland and other habitats.

CLS 2010 is now open.  To discuss potential applications or for any further information on the National Forest Changing Landscapes Scheme, contact Matt Brocklehurst, Forest Development Manager NFC, on 01283 551211 for a confidential discussion.