Government Should Think Again About Woodland Sales

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22 Dec 2010
The Government should think again about their controversial plans which could see local woodland sold off to the highest bidder. These proposals to sell off parts of the Public Forestry estate in England contain no assurances on who can own the land and how it will be managed once in private ownership.

There is also uncertainty about rights to public access and the maintenance of biodiversity in woodland once sales go ahead.

Before any sales happen we need to know what these plans involve and what safeguards will be put in place so that local woodland is protected.

With 21,800 hectares of Forestry Commission land in the Yorkshire & the Humber region and 93 hectares in Rother Valley, it would be a tragedy if the Government’s plans result in a forestry fire-sale.

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