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Whinlatter Forest Rally

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Rally to Save Our Forests at Whinlatter

The Government’s proposals to sell off England’s publicly owned forests, which include forests and woodlands across the Lake District such as Grizedale, Whinlatter and Ennerdale have attracted widespread criticism.
The next rally to Save Lakeland’s Forests will be in Whinlatter on Saturday 19th February.
Speakers will include Sir Chris Bonington, Lord Clark of Windermere and Jack Ellerby from Friends of the Lake District.
Over 1,500 people took part in the rally at Grizedale Forest on Sunday 30th January.
A national opinion poll published on Saturday 22 January showed that 84% of people think our forests should be kept in public ownership for future generations.
In a letter in The Sunday Telegraph signed by almost 100 dignitaries, Government plans to sell off large parts of our public forests were branded as “unconscionable” and “ill-conceived”.
More details on the Whinlatter rally

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Love your Forest – Save your Forest

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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

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Mountain bikers rally to save Forests

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Mountain bikers rally to Save Lakeland’s Forests

Mountain bikers are being urged to take part in a rally in Grizedale Forest on Sunday January 30 against Government plans to sell off the Lake District’s publicly owned forests.
The rally will take place on the meadow next to the main car park at Grizedale near Hawkshead starting at 1pm on Sunday January 30th.
The rally will hear speeches from Lord Clark of Windermere, a former Chairman of the Forestry Commission and the chair of the All Party Group on Forestry in Parliament; Eric Robson who is the Chairman of Cumbria Tourism and the Wainwright Society; Jack Ellerby from Friends of the Lake District; and the chair of Save Lakeland’s Forests Paul Townsend.
The Government is about to launch a consultation on selling off England’s public forests, including more than 30 forests and woodlands across the Lake District such as Grizedale, Whinlatter and Ennerdale. Legislation is also going through Parliament that would give ministers the power to sell off all the forests currently managed by the Forestry Commission.
Paul Townsend, who launched the Save Lakeland’s Forests campaign: “We’ve been delighted by the amount of support we’ve been getting”.
Read More and add your support at Save Lakelands Forests Campaign

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Save Lakeland's Forests

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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.
If you are concerned about this please visit Save the Forest to read more. Also worth a read
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