Communities in north-west England are being urged to start “talking trees” to help set the agenda for forestry and woodland progress across the region.

The Northwest Regional Forestry Framework is asking people to log onto and answer six questions about woodlands and forestry. Hundreds of public and private forestry stakeholders, including local authorities, environmental groups and the forestry business sector, helped shape the questions.

Issues raised in the consultation will cover business development, biodiversity, and recreation and health, which will help the Framework draw up a new strategy for woodlands, forestry management and promotion of forestry-related industries.

The north-west has one of the lowest areas of woodland cover in the UK, with 6.8% cover compared with a national average of more than 8%.