On 27 March 2012, the UK Government published its response to the Forestry Regulation Task Force’s report. While primarily relating to England, there are some recommendations that relate to the whole of the UK, notably the GLA. Unfortunately, no decision has yet been made on removing forestry from the scope of Gangmaster licensing.
On a positive note, the government signaled that it supports the idea of a system of earned recognition in England and will develop this as a high priority. The concept of earned recognition involves giving official recognition to woodland owners and managers who demonstrate compliance and achieve the desired outcomes and is intended to reduce the burden of regulation. The government stated that the process of earned recognition will provide a clear framework for a reduced burden of regulation and inspection based upon long term management plans and an assessment of risk. The Scottish Government has yet to respond.