Woodlands future tour

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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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Forestry Panel In Cumbria

An independent panel on forestry will meet today to discuss how the development of tourism in forestry areas, woodland diversification initiatives and traditional timber enterprises are contributing to the local economy.