The national forests are significant to everyone in this country. So far, most people seem to feel the same way about the government’s proposals to sell them off.

“The green heart of Britain is not for sale
David Bellamy


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Friends of Bourne Wood member Ayla Smith said: “We are very keen for individuals to get involved in trying to prevent the sell-off of woodland. We would like them to write or e-mail Caroline Spelman to say that they are opposed to the sell-off on the grounds that there will be less land for public access, health and quality of life. If we don’t, future generations are not going to be able to experience what we can enjoy – and they are not going to thank us for letting them go.”

New Forest Association secretary Michael Chilcott said: “In the forest we have a system of commoning and management that is unique in the whole of Europe.”

Mr Davis from ‘Save Cannock Chase’ said: “I’m not trying to put up scare stories, we just want the Government to know how important our forest is to us and that we’d like to keep things pretty much as they are rather than see big changes due to a restructure of the Forestry Commission or sale of the woods to someone else.”

The Bishop of Guilford, the Right Reverence Christopher Hill (and resident of Ruardean) said: ”The Forest of Dean has had its ups and downs. At least twice in the past 400 years the Forest has almost been destroyed because of individualistic, uncontrolled economic forces. The likelihood of individual parcels of the Forest being sold off is very high if the Public Bodies Bill goes through unamended. We need to support this campaign so the Forest can go on for another 400 years and more.”


The Ramblers: ”There is nothing more reviving than a walk through British woodland in the autumn. We are seeking assurances from government that guaranteed public access will be a prerequisite of any sale so that we can all continue to enjoy a woodland walk, and that the right to access British forests will be protected for future generations.”


The Kennel Club: “We would be greatly saddened by any attempts to sell off Forestry Commission land.”


The British Horse Society: “Equestrian access to thousands of acres of England’s forests could be lost under new Government plans. It is imperative that any sales of such forests only take place subject to a dedication of equestrian access.”


Roger, 73, has been cycling in the Sherwood Pines for the last 62 years: “I believe that private ownership is no good for biking in the woods. It’ll be all money, money, money for using their tracks, if we’re allowed to bike through at all. Long may the Forestry Commission look after our biking trails.”


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David Bellamy: ”The green heart of Britain is not for sale,”

Former Forestry Commission chairman Lord Clark, said: “It is a nonsensical move that won’t save any money. They [the government] will have the power to do anything. The worst case scenario is they sell everything off and the public has no access whatsoever – and there’s the threat to biodiversity that goes with that,”

RSPB: “The proposed land sales are driven by the need to generate quick cash, but they must not be at the expense of protecting our natural capital, which is irreplaceable.”

The Woodland Trust: “This sale is likely raise a tiny amount but could do immeasurable damage and cost the nation dearly”

Bill Bryson (Campaign for the Protection of Rural England): ”It is extraordinary that one of the country’s most ancient forests – a place of great beauty that is enjoyed by so many people – is also one of its least protected. The Forest of Dean … should continue to be managed as a whole for the widest public benefit.”

Friends of the Earth: ”Forests are worth less in hard cash to the Government than their value to the nation, which is priceless. All areas of woodland and countryside need careful management to maxmise their benefits for wildlife and people, and until the Government is able to show how this will be achieved in private hands, we think they should remain in public ownership.”


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Ministers plan huge sell off of Britain’s forests | The Telegraph

Forest of Dean rally over sell-off fears | BBC News

Government forest sell-off criticised | Politics Home

For Sale | Independent

Government criticised for plans to sell off public attractions around the UK | The Spending Review – dealing with the budget cuts | Horticulture Week

Alarm bells ringing over proposals that could see part of the New Forest sold (From Bournemouth Echo)

grough — Forest sell-off plans condemned as ‘environmental vandalism’


Forests sell-off plan by government is ‘asset-stripping our natural heritage’ | Environment | The Guardian

Hundreds of forest acres up for sale – Environment – Northampton Chronicle & Echo

Selling England’s woodlands will not be easy | John Vidal | Environment |

Jonathon Porritt : Forests on the front line

Businesses may benefit from sale of forest estate / forestry news

UK spends £100m to protect foreign forests as it threatens to axe its own > National News > News | Click Green

Massive Sell-off Of Forestry Commission Land In England – BikeRadar

Government wants to sell off Forestry Commission land and raise 1bn; meanwhile, 2bn set aside to snoop on us. | eChurch Christian Blog

Forestry Commission land sell-off – BirdForum

Forestry Commission Sell-Off Would Have A Devastating Impact On Dog Walkers, Warns Kennel Club – The Kennel Club

DEFRA to sell off 50% of forestry commission land « Singletrack Forum

Plea to join fight for wood’s future – Business – Stamford Mercury

The impending sell-off of nearly 10% of the UK’s forest area by the government could have detrimental consequences for conservation and our ‘Green’ reputation

FOREST TODAY : the last great sell off (flop)