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Select Committee publishes report on The National Forest

Friday, 19th March 2010

Message from the Chair, the National Forest Company

"The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee report on its inquiry into The National Forest is an exceptional endorsement of the achievements of the last twenty years. I warmly welcome its recognition of The National Forest as a national success story, founded on local support, strong leadership by the National Forest Company and partner engagement.   I am delighted to see that an informed and independent voice heard, from a wide range of residents, businesses and partners, the real difference the Forest is making to communities, the landscape and people's lives.

"The National Forest Company welcomes the report's recommendations, including the dissemination of what has been learnt and a comprehensive assessment of the public value which the Forest has generated.

"This is an opportunity to acknowledge the vital role that modest but consistent Government funding has made to the creation of The National Forest. The Committee recommends that this continues until the job is completed and we look forward to working with Defra and local partners to do just that."

Dinah Nichols

Read more: The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee report