Unsurprisingly for many of us, the results speak volumes about the unpopularity of this proposal. When asked whether the woods and forests should be kept in public ownership for future generations, a huge 84% of people agreed. Only 2% were in favour of private ownership.
When asked “To what extent do you support or oppose the government’s plans to sell publicly owned woodlands and forests in England?” 75% of people opposed the sale, with only 6% backing it.
Based on these figures it seems there is overwhelming public agreement that the woods and forests should remain in the country’s ownership. The big question is: Will people get the chance to make their views known before this poorly thought through legislation is rushed into place?
For the statistically minded amongst us the poll surveyed a representative group of 2253 adults between 13-17th January 2011.