A baseline review of the Community Forests and their relationship with the planning process has been published by The Mersey Forest.
The review, written by Tom Ferguson of The Mersey Forest Team with funding from the Forestry Commission and support from England's Community Forests, explores the current situation with regard to Community Forest delivery through planning, and explores future opportunities for the Community Forests.
It comes after the government stated that they would support a Planning and Forestry network in their new Forest Policy Statement, issued in March 2013.
The baseline review acts at a catalyst for the establishment of this group, which is currently being led by The Mersey Forest.
The group is working on an information portal to be launched in 2014 that will enable developers, planners and forestry professionals to gain easy access to the best resources to enable better delivery of forest policy through the planning system.
The document can be downloaded from the link below or viewed on the Community Forests website.