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Sir William Worsley shares vision for England's woodland


Sir William Worsley, chairman of Hovingham Estate and The National Forest Company, provided a fascinating insight into the ambitious plans for English forestry and the National Forest at Lupton Fawcett’s annual Agriculture & Landed Estates Seminar, held at the National Agri-Food Innovation Campus in Sand Hutton, on 3 November.

Ninety guests were told of the ambitious plans by the Government to increase the amount of England’s woodland from 10 to 12 percent by 2060, plant 11 million trees in the next four years and increase the amount of woodland in active management to 66 percent by 2018.

He also outlined how the National Forest was undertaking Britain’s boldest environmental project to transform the landscape, economy and communities across 200 square miles of the Midlands.

Sir William, who is a former President of the influential Country Land and Business Association, is also responsible for the impressive Hovingham Hall and its 3000 acres of land and properties, which have been in his family for more than 450 years.

Additional speakers from Lupton Fawcett were solicitors Johanne Spittle, Nicki Mitchell, Hannah Farmer, Jessica Richardson and Jeremy Scott who covered relevant subjects including; protection and preservation of family wealth, agricultural tenancies and dealing with inspection from HSE.

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