The House of Commons published an information note on 23rd November, authored by Policy Analyst Oliver Bennett, that sets out the background to the issues surrounding the sale of the public forest estate.
It provides a balanced view on the issues and, unlike some of the notions expressed in some press reports and campaigning sites, it does not misrepresent the intentions expressed officially by Defra and ministers. Note that it is a Parliamentary and not a Governmental document and, therefore, it is politically neutral. It is well worth a read if you are following this story.
My thanks to a reader, Gill, for recommending this in a comment yesterday.