A “portmanteau” piece of legislation?

Woodland Matters

The Queen‘s Speech can often feel a bit peripheral to those of us working in the environment sector; we only have a direct piece of major legislation once every five to ten years, such as the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act of 2006 or the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (still the defining piece of legislation for much of our site and species protection). Many of the changes that we do see are brought about by policy statements – as with the Forestry Policy Statement in January last year – or unheralded changes announced on the floor of the House during a Parliamentary session – as with the preceding proposal to sell off the Public Forest Estate.

That doesn’t mean that any new Queen’s Speech is not of interest. We wanted a Forestry Bill to take forward the Independent Forestry Panel’s recommendations and protect the Public Forest Estate, we feared…

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