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National Forest Company Directors Retire

Tuesday, 16th March 2010

Oliver Johnson and Martin Glynn have both served the maximum six years appointment to the board of the NFC, the Company responsible for the creation of The National Forest. Non-executive directors are appointed by Defra, the sponsor government department for the NFC.

Oliver Johnson is Chief Executive of The Wine Society, and lived near to The National Forest when he was formerly Managing Director at Denby.   

He said:  ‘It has been something of a virtuous circle. Denby works with clay that could well have come out of what has become The National Forest, as a by-product of coal mining.  At the Forest, trees are often planted on land restored after clay extraction and coal mining have finished.   

‘As well as being good for the planet, planting trees is so obviously good for the local area:  I have witnessed amazing changes in the six years I have been involved with the Forest.  But for my money, planting trees is a wonderful thing to do, simply for their own sake.  Trees are staggeringly beautiful and the more we have of them, the better.’

Oliver will continue to visit the Forest and spends many weekends walking in Calke Park and the Charnwood part of the Forest.  He continued:  ‘It has been a privilege to be involved with The National Forest and work with the people who make it happen.’

Martin Glynn is a Director of Rural Development Initiatives Ltd and a Member of the Forestry Commission, Regional Advisory Committee, Yorkshire and the Humber Region. He said:  ‘I can honestly say it has been a joy working with the team at the NFC, and all the partners too.

‘It is rare in life that one ever experiences anything so uniformly positive and uplifting. To see The National Forest develop as it has is a source of great satisfaction. It is quite obvious to me that The National Forest has huge support from both within and without the area whether they be residents, landowners, businesses or partners and the sense of ownership and pride that local people feel is a real measure of its success.  I will enjoy returning to visit and seeing its future progress.’

Dinah Nichols, Chair of the NFC, said: 'During the time in which Oliver and Martin have served with the National Forest Company we have continued to plant thousands of trees, involve more people in the Forest and open many exciting facilities such as the Youth Hostel. Oliver and Martin have very much been at the heart of the progress we have made and we are very grateful for their contribution. I am delighted that they have both accepted our invitation to become National Forest Ambassadors.’