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Red tape potentially inhibiting forestry job creation


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Fears have been raised that red tape surrounding UK forestry could be inhibiting the number of jobs created in the industry.

That's according to Confor, a group which represents 2000 forestry and wood-using businesses, which suggests that the industry should be free from the shackles of the Gangmaster Licensing Authority (GLA).

That view is backed up by the government-appointed Forestry Regulation Task Force which was set up to look at ways of promoting better management of England's woodland through reduced regulation.

Stuart Goodall, chief executive of Confor, said: "The benefits to be gained from England's woodland, including rural employment, renewable wood products, increased biodiversity and recreation are well-known.

However, he added: "Regulation and bureaucracy is making it harder to care for our forests."

The chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has already highlighted that the GLA is putting jobs under threat.

KMS Baltics is a partnership of independent companies providing forestry investment management in Estonia, Latvia, the UK and Romania.


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