It was good to see Dave Turnbull from Northumbria Ramblers flying the flag for walking and leisure at the event. It's clear that the forest is so much more than a commercial timber forest (important though that is). I didn't realise the effort that's going in to create diverse landscapes (by mixing up tree species and staggering tree felling), protect biodiversity (for example, by making sure that red squirrels have food all year round), promoting tourism (with a joint development trust between the Forestry Commission and Northumbria Water), and promote leisure (through promoting footpaths). Very impressive.
One final statistic that I learnt: a house made of wood uses six cubic metres of the stuff, which means that 1.2 tonnes of carbon are locked up for the lifetime of the house.
The Ramblers' Association is a registered charity (England & Wales no 1093577, Scotland no SC039799) and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England & Wales (no 4458492). Registered office: 2nd floor, Camelford House, 87-90 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TW.
Visit our website at: