Growing the future | Beyond five years

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Beyond five years

In the next 5 years and beyond

We are excited and optimistic about our plan for the nation’s forests. This plan reinforces our commitment and mission to connect everyone with the nation’s forests and to continue to evolve them to be the growing, thriving, resilient living treasure they are for the next century and beyond.

We will identify, resource and implement actions to realise these ambitions using our rolling business and financial planning processes. We will monitor and track progress through our annual corporate reporting and share our success stories along the way.

The priorities we have set out in this plan will ensure that more benefits reach across all of society and for generations follow.  

Over the course of this plan you will see

  • at least 6,000 hectares of wild areas established.
  • 1 million hours of volunteer time given to the nation’s forests.
  • visitor demographics will better represent communities.
  • at least 2,000 hectares of new woodlands created.
  • tree species diversification.
  • our workforce demographics will better reflect communities
  • modernised and improved ways of working.
  • increased reporting of accidents and near misses.
  • reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
  • an increased proportion of self-generated income.
  • an increased awareness and understanding of Forestry England.
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Supporting our decision making in the future

To support our decision-making, we have many measures across many programmes and plans that help us to track progress and act as important markers of success:

  • sustainable timber production.
  • programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.
  • improved sites of special scientific interest (SSSI) condition.
  • increased plantation on ancient woodlands site (PAWS) restoration.
  • number of visits.
  • customer service.
  • staff and public accident rates.
  • total calculated natural capital value.

Further information

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Creating rich, diverse habitats

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Connecting people to our forests

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Building resilient forests

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Sustainably managing forests

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