Consultation document launched on future of English Forestry.
The Government want to sell off England’s publicly owned forests, this amounts to 40,000 hectares of land – an area larger than the Isle of Wight, which include forests and woodlands such as Grizedale, Whinlatter, Ennerdale, Cannock Chase, Sherwood Forest, Thetford Forest, Haldon Forest, The New Forest, Forest of Dean and many more that lack a high public profile.
The Consultation Documents propose that “heritage forests” will be managed by charities, with access rights preserved.
“We will make sure that public access is maintained and biodiversity protected”
Caroline Spelman Environment Secretary
Over 258,667 have signed the Save Our Forests Petition on the 38 degrees website.
Throughout the country local groups are organising events to keep the pressure up to save their local forests.
This weekend Save Lakeland’s Forests are holding a rally in Grizedale Forest. The rally will take place on the meadow next to the main car park at Grizedale near Hawkshead at 1pm on Sunday, January 30.
In Devon, Haldon Forest’s Second Day of Action: “Love your Forest” Saturday, 5th February 10am to 1:30pm Exeter High Street.
Serious concerns have also been registered by, among many others, the Woodland Trust, the Confederation of Forest Industries, the RSPB, the Wildlife Trust the British Horse Society, the Ramblers, the Kennel Club and The National Trust
2011 is the United Nations International Year of Forests! – Celebrating Forests for People