Written by Michael Graham Richard
The government of England has backtracked and decided that it won’t sell a significant portion (about 15%) of the public forests it holds, but will instead create a trust to hold them for future generations.
“The new body will have greater independence from Government and greater freedom to manage its resources and maximise its income but with the right safeguards in place to operate for the long-term benefit of people, nature and the economy,” said UK Environment Secretary Owen Paterson.
Kudos to Save Our Woods (SoW) for fighting the good fight and raising awareness about public forests in England. The half a million names that they collected in a petition against the proposed disposal of public forested land certainly helped. SoW describes their mission thus on their about page:
We formed Save Our Woods, a grass-roots organisation, to get to the facts behind the 2010 proposed sell off of our Public Forest Estate (PFE), which led us to campaign for the removal of the forestry clauses from the Public Bodies Bill and to ensure that our publicly owned forests remained in public ownership, in perpetuity.
We encourage you to check them out and support them!
This post was originally published by TreeHugger.
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