The CCFG (Continuous Cover Forestry Group) have sent a response on the future of England's Forests.
One key response to Question 1 – "What do forests and woods mean to you?"
"We do not see mono-specific even-aged plantations managed by clearfelling and artificial regeneration by planting as “forests” in the true sense of the word. As forestry professionals and experts, we are convinced that there is a viable alternative. For us a true forest is a permanent (i.e. not periodically destroyed by clearfelling), and developing diverse woodland environment from which timber and other benefits can be sustainably produced."
The full response can be read here.