Thursday, 17 February 2011

We'll work with the government to improve forest access (17/2/11)

It is a wise decision to drop the forest sell-off consultation, and
start again. The hole would only have got deeper.

With each day that passed, it became clearer that, although ministers
were saying (I believe genuinely) they wanted to protect and improve
access, the proposals had not been properly thought through. Large
amounts of forest access would have been at risk. Ramblers Areas have
been collecting together the lists of woods that could have been at
risk if the proposals had gone through.

The Ramblers has said from the beginning that it's access to forests,
rather than ownership per se, which is most important. We'll work with
the government on how to improve access not only to the 18% of forests
owned by the Forestry Commission, but to the other 82% too.

Tom Franklin
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