Axe falls on forestry jobs

WOODLAND employees could lose their jobs as the Forestry Commission prepares to axe 300 posts.

The body that looks after the country’s state-owned woodlands including Sneaton Forest and Dalby Forest near Pickering, has announced it is scaling back its workforce by a quarter in England over the next four years.

Staff were told a quarter of the 1,200 jobs in England will go.

No decision has been made yet on where the axe will fall among staff at its district offices, including one in the North Yorkshire forest, and which type of jobs will go.

The commission is being reorganised to deal with its 26 per cent budget reduction announced in last October’s comprehensive spending review.

The job cuts are separate from plans to sell off part of the Government’s forests and are not affected by it.