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Forests: West Midlands

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps he has taken to protect woodland in the West Midlands. (324277)

All tree felling is administered by the Forestry Commission in accordance with the felling regulations under the Forestry Act 1967 (as amended). Any felling carried out without a licence is an offence, unless it is covered by one of the exemptions specified in the legislation. Under the Forestry Act, the Forestry Commission usually attaches conditions to the felling licence to secure replanting of the area felled.

Other measures to protect woodland, such as tree preservation orders, are available to local authorities in the West Midlands and throughout England.