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”.
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” adding
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.
Today, Defra published the long-awaited consultation document regarding the proposed sale of the public forest estate in England.
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.
The Government will be announcing the public consultation concerning the public forest estate on Thursday 27th
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 Hemery
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.