Forestry sell-off protest site 38 Degrees is reporting that the government is about to drop its sell-off plans. It cites reports by the BBC, Guardian and Independent. Let’s hope this is confirmed soon. I don’t want to be cynical, but I hope this is a defeat for the plan rather than a tactical withdrawal. We need to keep an eye on the politicians to make sure there is no backtracking or back door deals.
I had a letter from my MP last week noting my concerns. although there are no forests for sale in our constituency (Epping Forest is owned by the Corporation of London, and a jolly good job they do too), she referred to a substantial number of letters protesting about the sale from constituents.
If you have received a reply from your MP, it is worth responding. I shall be thanking my MP for her response and urging her to ensure that there is no wriggling and that this policy is irrevocably dropped. I wish we could do the same for wind farm developments in the wild areas of this country.