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No Bonfire for the National Forest Company

Thursday, 14th October 2010

The National Forest Company (NFC) leads the creation of The National Forest, a new forest for the country, across parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. It is funded by Government as a demonstration project of modern multi-purpose forestry and the benefits it can bring to local communities and economies.

Earlier this year, the National Forest Company received a glowing report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Parliamentary select committee, and this, along with its reputation as an effective organisation, clearly helped Ministers to decide that it should continue its work.  Nearly 8 million trees have been planted across the Forest’s 200 square miles and the woodland area has trebled since the project began.

Whilst the NFC will still face budget pressures, along with all public bodies, the news that the worth of the Company has been recognised is good news for the Forest and the area.

Dinah Nichols, Chair of the Company, said:  'We are delighted that the Government has shown such confidence in the National Forest Company.  It means we can continue to do the job we are set up to do and we look forward to doing that with our many friends and partners. Our aim is for a transformed landscape, a beautiful place to live in and visit and jobs based around forestry and tourism. We are well on the way to that and the confidence of Government is very important as we move forward.’

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Media contact:

Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive, or Carol Rowntree Jones, Media Relations Officer, NFC:  01283 551211

Digital images are available, contact: media@nationalforest.org