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Our Woodlands Under Attack

 
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Rhodie



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PostPosted: 02/02/11, 00:09    Post subject: Our Woodlands Under Attack Reply with quote

Yesterday afternoon I walked the dog just across the county boundary in the wood known as Hole Common and owned by us in the name of the Forestry Commission. All the time I was aware of what the Commission said about the wood ten or more years ago. They then announced that once the conifers were harvested from the wood they would not replant it on a commercial basis. It would be retained in the commission's ownership as amenity woodland. Since then many conifers have been removed allowing one to appreciate the rich and diverse habitat it is becoming.

My thoughts this afternoon kept reflecting on what would become of this woodland if it was sold off to the highest bidder as it would if the government’s planned sell-off of English forests went ahead. It's future would be completely reversed with removal of the native deciduous trees and total wall to wall replanting of conifers.

The government's proposal goes completely against public opinion on this. For instance a YouGov poll revealed that 84% of the public want the forests to stay in public ownership for future generations.

Today MPs will have the opportunity to vote to protect the forests in a House of Commons vote.

If you care about ‘our woodlands’, and we are not talking about the Forests of Dean or the New Forests but those woodlands cared for by the Forestry Commission right on our doorsteps, then get involved by writing to your MP. The ‘38 Degrees’ makes it easy at http://www.38degrees.org.uk/page/speakout/MP-forests

Then don’t forget the petition at http://38degrees.org.uk/page/s/save-our-forests#petition
You could be the 500,000th name, really.

It has been said that this ConDem proposal is David Cameron’s equivalent to Margaret Thatcher’s poll tax.

Don’t be left out of this bit of history in the making.
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PostPosted: 03/02/11, 08:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slightly off topic but not by much! I hear that gates are going to be installed in the woods at the top of Barbers Lane, the thinking is to restrict public access. The footpath from Heavens Gate to Whalley Lane is going to be left open as this is Devon footpath #1.

The first gate will be on the path to the right as you walk up the path just as the woods start. The Second gate will be slight further up the hill towards Heavens Gate to the right where the path goes up towards the west.
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PostPosted: 04/02/11, 21:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Wednesday’s vote Uplyme’s MP Neil Parish the MP for Tiverton and Honiton voted against the motion calling on the government to rethink its plan to privatise our woodlands?

To ask him why he voted the way that he did go to http://www.38degrees.org.uk/page/speakout/Save_Our_Forests_-_Your_MP_voted_to_sell_our_forests

The subject was raised in yesterday’s BBC 1 Question Time. I have never seen such an undivided audience or such applause in support of keeping the forests in our hands. To see the programme go to the site below and the discussion begins at 21:40 into the programme.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00y9332/Question_Time_03_02_2011/
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PostPosted: 20/02/11, 22:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

People power has saved our forests. Now how do we save the National Health Service?
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