No sooner had Our Forests sent out the press release and background briefing about the lack of any substantive response to questions under FOI and EIR procedures about the proposed disposal of our public woods and forests, than both Defra and the Forestry Commission sprang into life and sent in
Government fails to meet deadline to answer questions on forests disposal proposals. It is over three months since Our Forests sent in its submission seeking answers on the public forest disposal debacle, yet no final response has been provided, despite officials initially telling us, “we will be able to sort
Planting more of the same ‘native woodlands’ that now litter the English countryside with little more ambition in their creation and management than a membership publicity drive or community engagement excercise, will be regretted long after the PR-masters behind them have past. In their own way, these are as regrettable as the dark satanic rows of conifers that were planted sixty years ago.
If we continue to plant green fuzz across our food-producing fields, with little concern either for the impending need to be more self-sufficient in food production, or for the need to reduce our enormous reliance on timber imports, Britain’s environmental credibility will be increasingly undermined.
RSPB Conservation director, Martin Harper, today welcomed the launch of Our Forests Read more Gabriel Hemery
Securing healthy, sustainably managed forests in the light of climate change and its severe consequences is one of the biggest challenges we have to solve in Europe and globally. This is the headline from the Forest Europe Ministerial Conference that opened today, hosted by Norway. The fact that Europe’s forests
Earlier this week The Independent newspaper published the winning essay about the future of forests in England. This was an open competition with an attractive £5000 prize that was announced in February, just before the Government scrapped plans to sell England’s publicly-owned forests. Read more. About 150 essays of 1500-2000
Forestry concerns mankind and our relationship with trees and forests. Today, is World Forestry Day but it its marketing by the UN is disappointing.
In the Netherlands forestry is undetaken by the Forestry and Wildlife Service Staatsbosbeheer: managing 250,000 hectares of land for sixteen million Dutch people. It provides some interesting comparisons to the UK where forestry governance is in the spotlight.
In principle there were some good ideas in what the Government sought to achieve by reviewing the ownership of England’s forests. The Forestry Commission are a great public organisation and achieve fantastic results for a relatively small cost to the taxpayer, although we should recognise that there is also room
Poll Results: 84% of visitors to my site believe that the State should own forests in England. The public consultation should ask “should we” as well as “how”.
The large heritage forests are well defended but the actual frontline is the myriad of small woodlands dotted across England that will be precious only to local people
It seems that the Government is poised to climb down from the sale of the public forests of England
The future of the Public Forest Estate in England was debated for three hours in the House of Commons on 2nd February 2011. Here’s a simple link to the official record of the relevant section of the debate.
The Institute of Chartered Foresters have issued a holding position statement on the public forest estate disposal, and are working on canvassing members. The outcome will be a contribution of significant importance in the current debate.