“The society which has abolished every kind of adventure makes its own abolition the only possible adventure.” Paris, May 1968

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Fears about woodland sell off are well justified.

Campaigning groups such as 38 Degrees are right to be concerned about government plans to sell off Forestry Commission land to the private sector. Properly managed woodland is a carbon sink, a sustainable source of timber, wildlife habitat and an invaluable leisure facility. It's not charities such as the Woodland Trust that I'm worried about and we also need not be bothered about the odd individual or groups who want to own and manage their own small piece of woodland as hobby foresters; with or without yurt.
It's all very well for the coalition to offer bland reassurances about the protection of public access but that is not the point. No, what should concern us is the fact that yet another strategic asset will be sold off to the highest bidder; be they hedge funds or Saudi princes.

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