A new online resource which is set to help foresters, planners and developers work together to create woodlands has been launched in Birmingham.
The website, www.forestryandplanning.org.uk, brings together a range of specialist knowledge and best practice in one place.
It aims to promote inter-sector working, encourage developers and planners to embed tree-planting into thinking and plans, and support a network of forestry and planning in the UK. It also aims to provide clarity on planning and forestry policy following a number of changes announced by the government in the last year.
The website was developed by The Mersey Forest, supported by the Forestry Commission. It was created in response to the Government's Forestry and Woodlands Policy Statement, addressing the commitment to:
"Help to support a sector-led Forestry and Planning network encouraging them (woodland assets) to demonstrate how trees and woodlands contribute to sustainable development and help enable growth."
The site was launched at the Community Forest Conference in Birmingham on 19 March 2014, by Tom Ferguson, Planning Policy Manager at The Mersey Forest.
Tom Ferguson said: "This website can provide an essential resource for foresters, developers and planners, equipping people from across the sectors with the tools to plant more trees across the UK.
"The site is very much a work in progress and we welcome feedback from anybody in the sectors to highlight missing links and documents."
To explore the Planning and Forestry Hub, visit https://www.forestryandplanning.org.uk