Former CLA President Sir William Worsley has been appointed ‘Tree Champion’ to drive forward the Government target to plant 11million trees as part of the 25 Year Environment Plan. He will also work with Defra and Forestry Commission on the design of future environmental land management outside the EU and promote the Government’s woodland creation schemes to landowners encouraging the right trees to be planted in the right places.
Sir William, of Hovingham in North Yorkshire, was CLA President from 2009-2011.
CLA Director of Policy and Advice Christopher Price said: “We welcome the appointment of a former CLA President to help realise the Government’s ambition to increase our treescape for future generations.
“Sir William has a strong track record in the industry and a deep love of forestry. He understands completely how farmers and landowners work to maintain and enhance forestry and woodlands. We are confident that with him at the helm, Brexit will bring opportunities to reward land managers for providing these public benefits for the good of the nation.”
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