Well, a news report that makes us stop in our tracks!
Chris Mason, political reporter at the BBC has said “BBC learns consultation on publicly owned forests in England will be stopped.”
And the Guardian with their report
The prime minister, who told MPs that he was not happy with the government’s handling of the issue, has ordered Spelman to:
- End the consultation on plans to dispose of about half of the 258,000 hectares of woodland in England run by the Forestry Commission by 2020.
- Establish an independent panel with environmentalists to reach consensus on reforms to improve access and biodiversity in forests.
- Drop clauses in the public bodies bill that would allow the government to sell off all of England’s forests. Under current laws only 15% of forests can be sold.
One government source said: “We have heard, we have listened. The consultation will be canned. The consultation will be terminated. It is now a case of coming up with something everyone is happy with.”
If this is true and an announcement is made we will be glad this government listened to us all, together. And that together, we can now discuss sustainable land use and forestry management, openly and honestly.