Our forests ~ our heritage

Today, the following article by John Vidal, appeared in The Guardian.  It’s title is :

For sale, all of our forests. Not some of them, nor most of them – the whole lot

“Tories have never been tree huggers, but their plans to sell off all state-owned forests are unwarranted, unwanted and unworkable. All England’s forests could be sold off to private corporations under coalition plans to offer them an easy – and legal – land-grab. (Photograph: Alamy)

We now know, thanks to the junior environment minister Jim Paice’s frank evidence to a recent House of Lords select committee, that the government is considering the sale of not just “some”, or even “substantial”, amounts of woodland as the public was originally led to believe, but of all state-owned English trees across the commission’s 635,000-acre Forestry Commission estate. This includes many royal forests, state-owned ancient woodlands, sites of special scientific interest, heathland, campsites, farms and sporting estates.”

In total irony, the United Nations has declared 2011 to be the International Year of Forests ~ Celebrating Trees for the People.  The Resolution adopted by the General Assembly, shows the General Assembly is convinced that concerted efforts should focus on raising awareness at all levels to strengthen the sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests for the benefit of current and future generations. There is a long lists of events that will take place around the world; significantly, not one is being held in England.

Also, in another ironic co-incidence, the wonderful people at The Woodland Trust are offering the MOREwoods project.  “If you have over a hectare of land to plant, The Woodland Trust’s MOREwoods scheme may be able to help you with funding and acquiring trees. Trees don’t need to be planted in a block, planting across a landscape may also be eligible.”

The strange thing about this is that it carries on to say;  “Woodland creation grants are available throughout the UK through the Forestry Commission (Forestry Service in N.Ireland) grant schemes.”  Should be interesting.

When I was little, we used to go out for Sunday drives; it was most enjoyable then, there being far fewer cars!  One of the joys was to go walking through woods and then have a picnic.  Still love having picnics now!  We used to go to see my Grandma in Woodford Green and from there to Epping Forest ~ such beauty, especially at High Beeches.  When I had my children, Mum and I used to go there with them, passing on the wonder of the trees to another generation. And now, Kezia, my daughter, takes her son to Wendover Woods – there be faeries there!

The forests are part of our heritage, ancient woodlands that go back into the very mists of the beginning of time.  The Government cannot be allowed to sell them off ~ they are our birthright!  This is a Conservative initiative, the party that has a green tree as it’s logo, the biggest oxymoron of all time.

38 degrees is an organisation that promotes petitions for causes that are important to people.  The Save Our Forests Campaign has more than 101,000 signatures, wouldn’t it be wonderful to get that up to 1 million!  Please do sign the petition – we have to stop this happening.  I feel so strongly about this, I hope you do too.

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One thought on “Our forests ~ our heritage

  1. High Beech is still wonderful. Every time we drive through the forest, or forest as I call it, it feels more beautiful. Watching it each year as it goes from bare to that pale sheen of green to fully leafed beauty is such a joy.

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