Sir William Worsley has been reappointed as chair of the Forestry Commission, by way of Royal Warrant, for a second term.

Worsley, who has been chair since 2020, said he is “delighted” to be reappointed. Prior to this position, he was the government’s tree champion.

“I am proud to have overseen the implementation of the England Trees Action Plan, which is driving our ambition to treble tree planting rates by the end of this Parliament,” he added.

“It is my personal mission to build on these efforts to protect and expand our nation’s trees, woodlands and forests for the benefit of all.”

The England Trees Action Plan sets out the governments long-term vision to enhance England’s treescape between now and 2050 – including work to triple the rate of tree planting by 2025.

Sir William Worsley. Image: Forestry Commission

Commenting on his reappointemnt, Environment Secretary Thérèse Coffey said: “Sir William has provided robust leadership as chair of Forestry Commission, bringing a strong sense of duty and a wealth of experience to the organisation, and I am pleased he will continue as chair for a second term.

“I look forward to further working with Sir William and the Forestry Commission in delivering our ambitious plans to triple the rate of tree planting by the end of this Parliament.”

Richard Stanford, Forestry Commission chief executive, added:

“I am delighted that Sir William will continue his fantastic work as chair of Forestry Commission for another term – his passion and experience have proved invaluable to the organisation and forestry sector as a whole.

“I look forward to working closely together in protecting and expanding our forests, woods and trees and promoting sustainable management of them for people and nature.”