WYKEHAM Forest Tree Nursery will close next year, Forestry England has announced, following union efforts to save it.

The consultation period for the proposed closure of the North Yorkshire nursery ended on Friday 7 May, after a two-week extension requested by unions including PCS, which argued the closure would undermine the government’s climate change plans.

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Forestry England said that, after careful consideration of the unions’ response, which contained some alternative proposals for keeping the Wykeham nursery site open, unfortunately no new viable option was identified. Therefore, the final decision has been made to close Wykeham nursery on 1 April 2022.

It added this had been a difficult decision, but that it had to be efficient and ensure it has a viable long-term supply of tree seedlings for the woodlands it creates and manages.

Chief executive Michael Seddon said: “Our immediate priority is working with our team at Wykeham and putting every effort into helping them through this difficult time.”

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