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Woodlands future tour

Members of the independent panel in Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

Members of the independent panel set up by the government to look into the future of Cumbria's visited Whinlatter and Dodd wood today.They were given a tour of the commercial properties that are based on the forestry commission site.

Half of the commissions £1m annual turnover comes from forestry the rest from commercial ventures like Go Ape!

Jack Ellerby from Friends of the Lakes District said: "I am really encouraged by the way they are listening to everything we are saying."I feel they are taking on board what we are saying and I'm hopeful the government will listen to and act on their recommendations."

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Cumbria's forests inspected

An independent group set up by the government to look into the future of Britain's forests will meet with forestry managers in Cumbria today.

It comes as concerns have been raised by Friends of the Lake District about the future of the trails and wildlife that live in Cumbria's woodland.

They believe a lack of funding into the forests is now the biggest threat to them.

The panel will combine their findings with those from other areas of the UK and present their results in a report to Westminster in June.