The Forestry Commission has announced its new chair.

Sir William Worsley, who will step down as the Government’s ‘tree champion’ when he takes on the role, said: “Trees, woods and forests are so important to us – improving our landscapes, helping capture carbon, improving our general wellbeing and providing a renewable resource in the timber they produce.

“It couldn’t be a more exciting time to join the Forestry Commission.

“As chair, my aim will be to celebrate, protect and deepen the impact of its excellent work, not only for the sake of our environment but also for the huge benefits that our success brings for society.”

Environment secretary Theresa Villiers said: “With his great expertise in forestry and passion for nature and trees, Sir William will play a pivotal role in leading the Forestry Commission at a critical time as it moves into its second century.

“Tree planting will play a crucial part in the Government’s bold action to combat climate change, and the Forestry Commission has a vital role in delivering our ambitious plans for England’s forests and woodlands.”

Sir William will take up the role on February 10 and be in the position for the next three years.