566. The Forestry Commission.

The Forestry Commission1 is responsible for the protection and expansion of forests and woodlands in England2, and the Forestry Commissioners3 have various functions, duties and powers that may affect open spaces. In discharging their functions4 they must endeavour to achieve a reasonable balance between:


    (1)     the development of afforestation, the management of forests and the production and supply of timber; and


    (2)     the conservation and enhancement of natural beauty and the conservation of flora, fauna and geological or physiographical features of special interest