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Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Sub-Committee
Report published 21 March 2017
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee launches an inquiry into the role of Defra in supporting a thriving forest economy and environment.
The forestry sector contributes some £1.7 billion a year to the economy and indirectly supports 43,000 jobs.
Woods and forests, particularly ancient forests, provide many environmental benefits including enhancing biodiversity and supporting a range of ecosystem services such as water management and climate control. In addition, forests provide recreational and amenity value to society.
Read all transcripts, written evidence and other material related to the inquiry on forestry in England.