The Secretary of State for Defra, Caroline Spellman, announced in parliament on the 17th February the end of the Consultation on the future management of the Public Forest Estate in England, the removal of all forestry clauses in the Public Bodies Bill, and the intention to set up an independent panel to advise on the future direction of forestry and woodland policy in England.

A full statement is available on http://ww2/2011/02/17/futureforestry/.

All planned stakeholder and public information sessions have been cancelled.