Plans to sell 40,000 acres of state-owned woodland in England abandoned.
A statement to the Commons on 17 February 2011 Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman, who oversaw the controversial proposals, announced the u-turn, saying: “I am sorry, we got this one wrong.”
She said she took “full responsibility” for the climb-down, which was required after it became clear “the public and many MPs are not happy with the proposals”.
“If there is one clear message it is that people cherish their forests and woodlands and the benefits that they bring,” she told the House.
All this in the International Year of the Forest Celebrating Forests for People.
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