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'More, Bigger, Better, Joined' The National Forest as National Example of Nature Conservation

Wednesday, 2nd November 2011

Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive of the National Forest Company, will make the keynote presentation at a national conference in London on Friday (4 November).

The National Forest Company has been asked to share the experience of creating The National Forest with other organisations hoping to create large scale landscape conservation.

The national conference follows the publication earlier this year by Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) of the Natural Environment White Paper, which sets out ambitious plans for the protection, restoration and improvement of England’s natural environment. 

'The Natural Choice', the first White Paper on the natural environment in 20 years, is an endorsement of the approach in The National Forest since the early 1990s. The Government is calling for a much greater emphasis on large areas of good habitats for wildlife and the environment, what it calls ‘integrated landscapes’. 

Ms Churchill will make the keynote presentation at a workshop for potential ‘Nature Improvement Areas’ which are going to apply for funding to adopt this approach.

‘I don’t under-estimate the difficulties of making a national impact on our environment, when resources are tight’, she said, ‘but we are glad to be able to present The National Forest story, including how we’ve made the best use of the resources we have been given - we’re very pleased to have the opportunity to help shape the way forward nationally.’

For further information on the Natural Environment White Paper see www.defra.gov