Recommendations including creating high quality woodlands with clear public benefits and raising the profile of trees in urban regeneration have been accepted by the Forestry Commission and DEFRA in their response to a recent report on woodland creation grants in England.

The report, carried out by the Woodland Creation Review Steering Group in November last year, was designed to assess the “future direction and delivery” of forestry support measures in England.

Most of the steering group’s 25 recommendations were accepted in whole or in part, although details on exactly how some of the recommendations will be implemented will only be known once the outcome of the second stage of the current forestry policy review is released later this year.