The All Party Forestry Group at Westminster this week discussed the impacts and benefits Brexit might have on the sector.
Short-term there is concern about the future of forestry grants which are important in mitigating some of the risk inherent in forestry investment. Assurance is need from the UK Government that commitments for this Rural Development Programme funding period will be honoured. Longer-term it was clear from the discussion that a UK rural land use policy needs to be developed and that this should be done through wide co-operation between those bodies that represent the sector.
Scottish Land Estates & CLA’s New Opportunities paper was specifically mentioned in this regard. Ministers encouraged the sector to put their thoughts forward as the Government were in listening mode at the moment.