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Forests: Protection

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 11th December 2017.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to monitor the protection of ancient woodland in England.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We monitor the protection of ancient woodlands through the ‘Ancient Woodland Inventory’. We are discussing how this could be updated with sector stakeholders.

The Forestry Commission maintains the National Forest Inventory which monitors canopy cover change in woodlands, including ancient woodlands.

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