Policy & Advocacy

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Cumbria Woodlands Director Neville Elstone invests a lot of time in following land use and forest policy development through membership on numerous boards and panels to ensure that both Cumbria Woodlands and Cumbria both shape and input into the development of future policies, grants and regulations that bring the policies to life.

Woodland Development

This is a very active and dynamic topic at the moment with the recent launch of the England Trees Action Plan in May 2021 along with the most recent set of grants to support this vision contained within the England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO)

UK Skills Agenda

We have been very active in the skills agenda nationally working with the Forestry Skills Forum and others including the Woodland Trust and Forestry Commission to respond to the clear need, opportunity and demand for upskilling and growth with the sector to ensure it can meet its potential.

Agricultural Policy

The Government's Agricultural Transition Plan manages a whole range of incentives and measures including the Environment Land Management System (ELMS) which is beginning to come to life as the Basic Farm Payments (BPS) is phased out incrementally by 2028.

The base principle is to stop paying people for owning land but reward the provision of public goods or services provided by owners such as water quality, the provision of clean air, carbon storage etc as detailed in the 25 Year Environment Plan.

Neville sits on several DEFRA working groups that are shaping ELMS, advisory services linked to this and he leads the Institute of Chartered Foresters group that comments on this. He also is a board member for the recently launched Farming in Protected Landscapes Fund which has been established to help farmers transition to a new future.

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