The campaign to Save Lakeland’s Forests is underway.
A new campaign has been launched to Save the Lake District’s Forests.
The Government want to sell off England’s publicly owned forests, which include forests and woodlands across the Lake District such as Grizedale, Whinlatter and Ennerdale. A total of 39 forests in Cumbria are to be sold off to help plug the country’s budget deficit.
Mountaineer Chris Bonington has backed the campaign to stop the sale of the forests saying “I strongly urge everyone to get involved”.
Our public forests in the North West of England include over 200 kilometres of walking and mountain bike trials – many of them in the Lake District. All are free to use, 365 days a year.
What we would lose
* It will be more difficult for walkers to access the land. New owners can put up fences, remove car parks and will have no obligation to maintain footpaths.
* There will be no right for people like mountain bikers and horse riders to access these forests in future.
* New owners will have no obligation to continue to protect and improve habitats for wildlife.
* While the Forestry Commission is increasingly replacing conifers with native woodlands this process is likely to be reversed by new owners.
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