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iancook
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iancook
Government quietly agrees to protect woodlands....
1st February 2013 at 6:06PM
PAULA has just been notified that the government have quietly done an about turn on the sale and protection of woodlands, the LUSH appointed consultants will be going over the SEMMMS business brief with a fine toothcomb, to see how this affects the route of the Airport Link Road at Carr Wood and other woodlands in Mill Hill Hollow. It may necessitate a massive route change which will increase costs and need extra time,....neither of which SMBC have with this project....

.......Yesterday, after months of deliberations – we have the final, official word from the government that they will do what more than half a million of us asked them to – and protect our nation’s forests for good.

Congratulations! We’ve really, truly, won.

It was a political defeat, and victory for people power they never saw coming.

Click here to see how we made it happen, and then share this image on Facebook:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/forests-timeline-share

In late 2010, the government announced a plan to introduce a new law to allow all publicly owned woodlands to be sold off in the future.

The government might have expected a few predictable protests, but there was nothing predictable about what happened next.

538,107 people signed the 38 Degrees petition

More than 100,000 of us contacted our MPs

We funded an independent poll, which found 84% of the public wanted our forests in public hands

Thousands raised nearly £60,000 to pay for ads in national newspapers

More than 30 local campaigning groups sprung into action around the country

Over 220,000 of us helped spread the word on social media
When the government finally did admit they got it wrong, they promised to set up an independent forestry panel to advise them on what should be done next.

Again, 38 Degrees members sprang into action:

34,000 of us wrote to the panel to tell them what we wanted for our woodlands’ future - more that 80% of all the responses they received

We gathered in places all over the England, to take pictures and discuss our ideas

A big group of 38 Degrees members brought all our ideas, as well as our top three priorities, to a public meeting with the panel in September 2011
And the Independent Panel on Forestry was critical.

They found the government had "greatly undervalued" the benefits woodlands provide for people, nature and the economy. They then called for forest policy to be held in public trust for the entire nation, shielded from political interference – with one member saying, “the tree cycle is wholly different to the electoral cycle.”[1]

So here we are today, more than two years after our campaign began – and the government has at last, quietly issued an official announcement confirming that they won't try selling off England's forests again.

That means we’ve done it. Our forests are safe, for good.

It’s thanks to all the people who fought so hard – including over half a million 38 Degrees members – that our beautiful forests and woodlands are now safe for generations to come.

Click here to share the good news, and tell others how people power saved our forests:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/forests-timeline-share

Together we should all feel incredibly proud about the part we played in saving England’s wonderful forests and woodlands. Please forgive the long email – but moments like these don’t happen every day. Again, thank you.

The 38 Degrees team


P.S: 38 Degrees takes no money from government, political parties or corporations – and with very little budget we hold politicians accountable 365 days each year. If you’d like to make a financial contribution to that, please chip in here: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/start-your-direct-debit


NOTES:
[1] The Guardian, “No sell-off of forests, promises Caroline Spelman”: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jul/04/no-sell-off-forests-spelman

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yetty
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yetty
Re: Government quietly agrees to protect woodlands
1st February 2013 at 7:47PM
seems a bit of a hollow promise especially after what is going on at Alexandra park in Manchester where they are cutting down dozens of large trees,"to return it to what it was like originally".
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Goggins
Re: Govt quietly agrees to protect woodlands....
3rd February 2013 at 2:25PM
iancook Wrote:

PAULA has just been notified that the government have quietly done an about turn on the sale and protection of woodlands, the LUSH appointed consultants will be going over the SEMMMS business brief with a fine toothcomb, to see how this affects the route of the Airport Link Road at Carr Wood and other woodlands in Mill Hill Hollow. It may necessitate a massive route change which will increase costs and need extra time,....neither of which SMBC have with this project....


The government has abandoned plans to privatise 258000 ha and instead will instead sell off 40000 ha at some point in the next 4 years. The only consequence I can see for the bypass plan is that if any Forestry Commission land is used compensation won't be needed as it probably would if it were privately owned. Is any of the land publicly owned?
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noroadm
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Re: Government quietly agrees to protect woodlands
3rd February 2013 at 9:55PM
Thank you as always for the information Ian

The council did fail to indentify the protected woodland until late in the consulation

It was also highlighted in our forum meeting

Pass on my thanks to Paula
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