We have worked with Natural England and the Forestry Commission to produce a joint statement on our work with the Third Sector.
We recognise the value of working together to produce this joint statement, which is in accordance with the agreement which exists between our organisations.
Sharing good practice
This collaboration has enabled us to explore and share examples of good practice and to discuss areas for improvement. Working with the Third Sector is a key part of how we all operate and deliver against our objectives. We believe the Third Sector role will become even more important in delivering the outcomes we want to see for the environment.
The Third Sector is a diverse, active and passionate sector. Its characteristics are non- government and value driven. Third Sector organisations reinvest financial surpluses to further social, environmental or cultural objectives. The sector includes voluntary, community, charity, social enterprise and co-operative bodies.
This statement supports Defra's Third Sector Strategy (PDF 485KB), published in 2008 which draws on the Compact — an agreement between Government and the voluntary and community sector in England. It recognises shared values, principles and commitments and sets out guidelines for how both parties should work together.
Read our statement
We have now published our views in a joint statement with Natural England and the Forestry Commission. We will now begin to develop action plans — starting with a review and analysis of our existing relationships.