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New Appointments to The National Forest Company Team

Wednesday, 16th October 2013

The National Forest Company (NFC) welcomes two new members to the team based at Moira in Leicestershire.

Charles Robinson joins as Woodland Management Officer, and Nicolette Potton has been appointed Community Engagement Officer.

Both these new posts reflect the developing work of the NFC, as The National Forest exceeds 19.5% woodland cover throughout its 200 square miles. There are many more trees still to plant, but developing the Forest’s economy and its identity, and looking after the woodlands, are essential to the ongoing creation of the Forest. Charles and Nicolette’s work will both take this forward. 

Charles trained in Countryside Management at Harper Adams University College and comes to The National Forest from previous posts with Natural England and in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As Woodland Management Officer he will be working with landowners to help them make the most of their woodlands in terms of management, and developing markets for the timber.

Charles said: “I am very excited to join The National Forest at this developmental stage for increasing woodland management within the Forest. It is a fantastic opportunity to engage woodland owners and to emphasise the need for management as well as shaping existing woodlands for social, environmental and economic benefits.”

As Community Engagement Officer, Nicolette will be working on the Heritage Lottery-funded ‘Black to Green’ project. The NFC, with partners throughout the Heart of the Forest, has established this inspiring project to connect people with the rapid changes to the landscape around Ashby Woulds, Donisthorpe and Moira. Nicolette, who has a master’s degree in Environmental Management from the University of Nottingham, has worked for several years with volunteer projects in Coventry and is delighted to have this opportunity to bring different strands of her experience together.

Nicolette said: “Living on the edge of The National Forest and watching the area transform, I am now excited to be part of its future and helping more people to get involved and enjoy the sites within it.”