a people’s vision for the future of England’s woods and forests
Our Forests is a ginger group that has been formed to ensure that the views of the more than half a million people who signed the 38 Degrees petition against the Government’s reprehensible plans to sell-off the Public Forest Estate in England are fully understood and taken into account by the Independent Panel on Forestry Policy in England.
On 17th February 2011, Defra Secretary of State Caroline Spelman announced the halting of the Government’s plans to ’dispose’ of the Public Forest Estate in England. A public consultation linked to the disposal plans was also terminated. This U-turn in Government policy followed five months of intensive campaigning led by the on-line activist group 38 Degrees alongside powerful grassroots protests across England.
Following this announcement an ‘Independent Panel of Experts’ was formed to report back to Government in Autumn 2011, with final recommendations on ‘the future direction of forestry & woodland policy in England’ due in Spring 2012. The panel is chaired by the well-respected Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Revd. James Jones, and includes senior figures from national bodies representing conservation, recreation and forestry interests.
There are however, real concerns as to how restricted and compromised the Panel will be by:
Our Forests will seek answers to three key questions from panel members (read more), and will continue to monitor the work of the ‘Independent Panel’ and make interventions as necessary to ensure the public’s concerns and those of grassroots organisations are not by-passed by the Government.
Later in the year, Our Forests will work with 38 Degrees to fashion a People’s Vision for the Future of England’s Woodlands and Forests, which will be submitted to the Independent Panel as a critical input into its own deliberations.
|Public forest sell-off
My Archive from 2010-11
Ten reasons why the public forest sale failed February 17, 2011
Local woods on the frontline February 12, 2011
Government climb down imminent February 11, 2011
Forests in public ownership – a European perspective February 2, 2011
Our Forests – ginger group
|Richard Daniels||Chair of the campaigning group HOOF – Hands off our Forest in the Forest of Dean|
|Gabriel Hemery||Chartered Forester, Co–founder & Chief Executive of the Sylva Foundation|
||Save our Woods|
|Tony Juniper||Environmental Consultant & former Director, Friends of the Earth|
|Rod Leslie||Chartered Forester & former Chief Executive, Forest Enterprise|
|Robin Maynard||Former Head of Communications, Forestry Commission|
|Jonathon Porritt||Founder Director, Forum for the Future|