A Public Forest Estate for the English cannot be allowed! Whilst forestry makes money, this money clearly doesn’t go into the right pockets. photo credit: Hands Off Our Forest  Development in our public forests is about to commence on a large scale. The timing is perfect; just the right amount of time since the successful […]

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

16.08.2014

 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

14.08.2014

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

08.08.2014

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?

04.08.2014

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

08.07.2014

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Coalition government, it became clear that many in the media, particularly many newspaper columnists, were drastically out of date with regards their viewpoint on the Forestry Commission, indeed continually around 20 – 30 years out of date.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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Why Biodiversity Offsetting is a Flawed Concept

13.06.2014

by Hen, SoW Nature not for Sale counter forum, Regents Park Hub, June 2nd 2014 The forum was well attended and each of the eight speakers had fascinating perspectives of biodiversity offsetting and it’s potential impacts on our ecological and cultural communities. I’m going to write about each of the presentations on SoW to give you an insight […]

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Forest Campaigns Network disappointed that Queen’s Speech did not include bill to protect England’s Public Forests

04.06.2014

  Members of the Forest Campaigns Network are disappointed and puzzled that the Queen’s Speech did not include a draft Forestry Bill.   The Government has squandered its final opportunity to introduce legislation to give lasting protection to the public woodlands of England, which are enjoyed by 40 million people annually. Our woodlands remain at […]

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Offsetting is a massive threat to wildlife, warn environment groups

02.06.2014

Biodiversity offsetting is already being used by developers to justify schemes that will cause irreversible harm to nature, warn over 15 environment groups across the world today (Monday 2 June 2014), ahead of a major biodiversity offsetting conference in London this week. The conference – “To No Net Loss of Biodiversity and Beyond” on 3 […]

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Coalition of grassroots forest campaigners, forest industries and environmental NGOs call for Government to pass law to protect England’s Woodlands

28.05.2014

The Forest Campaigns Network, Our Forests and Save Our Woods have joined voices with the Ramblers, Confor, Woodland Trust, The Wildlife Trusts and 38 Degrees to urge David Cameron to include the draft forestry legislation in the Queens speech on June 4th. This coalition of organisations gives voice to hundreds of thousands of people across England […]

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JOIN US! Nature is NOT for Sale Biodiversity Offsetting counter forum – 2nd June, Regent’s Park Hub, London

20.05.2014

  Invitation (Re-blogged from naturenotforsale.org)   The UK government appears hell-bent on pushing through biodiversity offsetting – which will allow wildlife and habitats to be destroyed across the country, so long as it is ‘replaced’ elsewhere. The policy is inherently flawed: biodiversity offsetting ignores the difficulties in recreating ecosystems, it overlooks the uniqueness of different habitats, […]

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Forest Campaign Groups call for forestry legislation to be in Queens Speech

15.05.2014

It may have been quiet on the SoW website recently but plenty has been happening in the forest campaign. Many forest campaign groups have spread the word in their communities and sent letters to the Prime Minister and members of the Cabinet encouraging them to include the proposed new forestry legislation in this June’s Queens […]

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

06.02.2014

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

28.01.2014

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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Biodiversity Offsetting, the Wider Landscape and Social Consequences

07.01.2014

Will Biodiversity Offsetting drive an even bigger wedge between our precious, protected landscapes and our undervalued, quietly nurturing, ordinary landscapes…

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Over 100 organisations from across the World call for an end to biodiversity offsetting plans

21.11.2013

Markets for the invaluable: The Great Nature Sale is Beginning… 140 organisations from all over the world are releasing a statement to say ‘No to biodiversity offsetting’

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Tree Planting Grants Suspended

14.11.2013

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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Biodiversity Offsetting? Lets call it what it is: Greenwash for the destruction of nature for money

06.11.2013

We’ve heard of how de-humanising people enables us to commit atrocities against one another, I believe that reducing a forest to tradable biodiversity units is de-naturising and will enable atrocities against nature.

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Exmoor Society – Woodland Report Published

22.10.2013

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

10.09.2013

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

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