February 2011

The Report That They Didn’t Want You to See…

28.02.2011

In May 2010 a working group of 14 experts in forestry, woodland and sustainable environmental management finalised their report to government on: The long-term role of the Forestry Commission Public Forest Estate in England.

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Love Trees, and Look Out For Badgers Too!

28.02.2011

Take a mooch through the woods and find out how to look for signs of one of our favourite woodland mammals.

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Campaign success but the Westminster machinery is still poised for future sales

26.02.2011

After the highs of last week, now it’s time to step back, take stock and look through the facts again.

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How will the public voice be heard on the independent panel?

24.02.2011

SOW believes there should be a public representative to witness the proceedings of the “independent” panel and that the public should have a voice in the panels discussions on the future of our Public Forest Estate.

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Never try to separate the people from their landscape

17.02.2011

Now the real debate about sustainable land use can begin, but not without the people’s voice.

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A victorious day – but still a long way to go

17.02.2011
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Together we can celebrate a victorious day for our publicly owned woodlands. But there’s still a long way to go to ensure we’re doing the best for our forests.

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Forest sell-off rethink

17.02.2011

As the government prepare to announce a rethink on the forest sell-off we ask, what next?

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Let’s see what tomorrow brings…

16.02.2011

Cautiously optimistic?

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“On hold” planned forest sales and what that means by hectare

16.02.2011

The government’s announcement to put “on hold” planned sales of 15% of the public forest estate has no bearing on the proposed sale of the rest of our forest land.

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Government ignore 2009 Forestry Commission Consultation

15.02.2011

The Forestry Commission completed and published “The long-term role of the Public Forest Estate in England” in late 2009. Why is the Government ignoring this consultation?

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Confused about what’s going on with the Public Forest Estate “Sell Off”?

15.02.2011

Hen explores a timeline of the Public Forest Estate sell off. How did we get here?

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Public Bodies Bill and Forestry: House of Lords Procedures

15.02.2011

How the Public Bodies Bill is moving through the House of Lords

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Celebrate The Woods With Your Camera

15.02.2011
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We love seeing your “Love Trees” photos. Here are some ideas to inspire you to get great photographs!

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Happy Love Trees Valentines Day!

14.02.2011
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Valentine’s Day at the House of Lords must be a REAL Love Trees affair!!!

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Expand public woodland with “big society”

13.02.2011

“Big Society is coming” says David Cameron. But David, it’s already been happening for years in forestry.

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“The woods were my playground” – Chopwell Wood Protest

13.02.2011
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Hundreds gather in Chopwell Woods in the North East to Save Our Forests.

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Save Our Forests Protest At Alice Holt Forest In Surrey

13.02.2011
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Nick reports on an great day of protest, chat, trees and cake at Alice Holt Forest in Surrey.

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Public Forest Estate Categories: A Heritage Perspective

11.02.2011

Cultural Landscapes Professor Peter Howard casts his eye over the forest “categories” in the Consultation.

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Government pause in forest sell-off – what next for campaigners?

11.02.2011

What next for the campaign in light of today’s announcement from DEFRA?

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Government U-turn on forest sale?

11.02.2011

Does today’s announcement of putting sale on hold signal a U-turn from the Government about the forest sale?

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