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    THE sixth annual report of the Forestry Commissioners (Sept. 30, 1925) is a document of considerable interest if only for the summary it contains of a forest policy recently enunciated by the Government. A century or two has elapsed since any Government in Great Britain can be said to have held definite ideas on the subject of what a forest policy for the country should aim at. The Government of the day has now publicly recognised that the development of such a policy is largely dependent upon State action continuously applied over a period of years, a point which has for long been beyond dispute in many European countries. It is further recognised that large areas of land in many parts of Great Britain are more suited to the production of timber than food, that private forestry should be encouraged by a system of grants, and that the systematic establishment of forest workers' holdings at the rate of 5 holdings per 1000 acres of afforestable land should be aimed at. It may be said at once that this definition of the Government's opinions and aims in this matter is admirable. If persevered in, the progress of forestry should be assured.

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    News and Views. Nature 118, 385–388 (1926).

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