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Parliament’s New Chainsaw – The Infrastructure Bill


by Hands Off Our Forest (HOOF) A new mural has appeared on the side of a Forest of Dean home in protest at the negative impact the proposed infrastructure bill could have on our public forests DID you know legislation is currently being pushed through Parliament that will allow any public land to be transferred […]

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“Nice Shelving, Where was it Grown?” – Grown in Britain


 by Pip Howard   Whilst proper protection of the English Public Forest Estate still remains in the doldrums, and will do so until the promised legislation is forthcoming, there has been tremendous progress on peripheral issues. For whatever reason (and most of us have become far too cynical based on experience), the Government simply refused […]

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Stock Wood – An Ancient, Oak Woodland Through the Seasons



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Don’t Frack the Rich – Notes from a Devonian Dumping-Ground


by Peter Howard   The concession by the UK government that fracking for shale gas would only take place in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the most exceptional circumstances has been seen by some as a cowardly refusal to implement a complete ban in Protected Areas. However, it is more a […]

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Fungi, what would our woods be like without them?


by arborist Antony Croft    Ancient Beech with Aurantiporus fissilis   Fungi, what would our woods be like without them? The simple answer is they would not be there! It is remarkable to a mycologist that this concept is not more widely known or appreciated. Trees and Fungi are linked together at the cellular level, […]

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Forest Vision – Transforming the Forestry Commission


Review by Pip Howard Early into the campaign against the Public Forest Estate sell off plans by the Coalition government, it became clear that many in the media, particularly many newspaper columnists, were drastically out of date with regards their viewpoint on the Forestry Commission, indeed continually around 20 – 30 years out of date. […]

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It’s time to get the draft forestry legislation into the public domain for debate.


We need to know what the proposed safeguards against the privatisation and exploitation of our English public forests are. Will this Government take the risk in the build up to the General Election and put the draft forestry bill into parliament for public scrutiny? If they believed in the current offering from DEFRA and the Forestry Commission, why on earth wouldn’t they?

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Public Forest Estate – an update


As the long grass turns to scrub, the big question hanging on our lips this past 3 YEARS is ‘what will Government DO with our Public Forest Estate?’

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Tree Planting Grants Suspended


It has just emerged that there will be no Government grants for planting new woodlands in 2014 and 2015. The result of transitional arrangements towards new European grants under the Rural Development Programme, the suspension has apparently been limited in Scotland and Wales – but not in England.

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Exmoor Society – Woodland Report Published


The inherent value and huge potential of trees, woods and forests on Exmoor has been revealed in an authoritative report which has just been released by the Silvanus Trust and Laura Jones Associates.

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Forestry expert speaks out on proposals for our public forests


Forestry expert, Rod Leslie, warns against an uprising from the grassroots if Govt gets it wrong over our public forests

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England’s largest environmental NGOs voice concern over new proposals for our public forests


England’s largest environmental NGOs voice concern over new proposals for our public forests

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Forestry Commission for the Future: e-Petition Launched!


    The Forestry Commission (FC) has provided Great Britain with a verdant rich tapestry of woods and forests enjoyed by the public for nearly 100 years.  The UK Government, however, is about to embark on an exercise to set up new bodies – breaking up and tearing the heart out of the FC. We […]

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Forestry in the House of Lords again


HANSARD – Forestry: Independent Panel Report. Question, Asked by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon

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The Future of Our Forests – What’s happened DEFRA?


There’s plenty to be happy about but there are a few things that stand out as being a massive failure by Government to listen to the people that enabled this once in a hundred year process to occur.

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Two kinds of Growth – The Art of Climbing Trees – Adventure and Manifesto


Henrik G Dahle… Film maker, writer, photographer, ideas person and failed activist and environmentalist, (possibly).

…had the eccentric privilege and opportunity to climb 365 trees in one year, through 11 countries, recording the conversations with 80 or so inspired people perched in the branches and taking thousands of photographs of trees. Each tree was a mini art project in itself, or opportunity to learn from and share with my co-climbers. This was my project ‘UpTrees’.

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The Tree in Your Landscape


One mature tree in a city is a full landscape in itself…

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Feral – George Monbiot


Ginny Battson explores George Monbiots talk at the Festival of Ideas about rewilding and his new book Feral… elephants on the Epynt…

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Biodiversity offsetting permits previously rejected housing development


Tyneside wildlife areas threatened by new development – biodiversity offsetting undermining local communities?

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UBUSUNA – Exploring Life with Japan’s Forests


film-making project to travel around Japan visiting, recording life in rural communities living in close proximity with the mountains & forests

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