Forestry England appoints a new chief executive officer and celebrates 100 years of forestry

Forestry England, which is the country’s largest land manager and the arm of the Forestry Commission which manages the country’s public forests, is celebrating its 100thbirthday!

Originally, the organization was formed in 1996 as Forest Enterprise. Later on, it devolved into Forest Enterprise England.  Since 1 April 2019, as a result of the most recent forestry administration reforms in the UK, it was rebranded into Forestry England. Today, Forestry England looks after more than 250 000 hectares of woodland and other natural environments across England. Each year their forests host over 230 million visitors.

As of 1 August, Forestry England has appointed Mike Seddon as its new Chief Executive. Mr. Seddon, who was determined to work in forestry from an early age, has almost 30 years of experience in forestry and forestry policy. He obtained a degree in forestry management from the University of Aberdeen and was the Forest Management Director for South England before becoming the Chief Operating Officer in 2015. Previous roles include: The Independent Panel on Forestry, Forestry Commission and Defra. We wish him much success in his new role!

EUSTAFOR congratulates Forestry Commission on their anniversary and is looking forward to continued close collaboration in the future.


Published 20/09/2019

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