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 roomContinue Reading

Earlier today on Prime Minister’s Question Time, David Cameron was asked by Labour Leader Ed Miliband about his views on the public forest sale. Ed Miliband asked if the PM was happy about his “flagship policy on forestry”. Amidst laughs, Mr Cameron replied that the short answer was “no” addingContinue Reading

A filmed interview for a BBC TV Newsnight programme – part of a featured debate on the Government’s plans to dispose of the public forest estate in England. Listen to my full interview.Continue Reading

The BBC Newsnight programme featuring the public forest estate has been postponed. It is likely to be broadcast on Monday 24th and certainly before Thursday. Gabriel HemeryContinue Reading

Does private ownership equate to private forests? Would an increase in the number of forests in private ownership, as a result of the public forest estate disposal, necessarily lead to less public access and loss of other public benefits? I examine some interesting evidence.Continue Reading