Forestry Sell off not out of the woods yet if this Government gets its way

Forest Vision transforming the forestry commission by Roderick Leslie

Isbn 978-0-9928789-0-0 Published by New Environment Books

Hard back Price £12.99

This is a book which tells the whole story about the Forestry Commission from the 1919 when Britain was short of timber, through the 1930’s depression, to the Flow Country fiasco to the modern time with a massive public injection of healthy out door activities. Several successive governments have tried to sell parcels with the final 2011 act to try and get rid of the lot when over 500,000 people signed a petition to stop the government selling our state run forests. A committee was set up to show the way forward after 2011 only for the government to still miss the last ‘Queen’s speech’ when the future should have been decided.

A sell off is still not ‘out of the woods’ and the book makes it clear that the best way forward is to keep the land under state control, and even increase the % of planting to 15%. As 95% of all goshawks are found in FC land any sale would see a crash in this species in Britain not to mention Red Kites, Barn Owls and many other birds of prey depending on the 637,000 hectares of public land.

Just think if the 5% new planting becomes a reality what species of birds of prey would increase. Top of the list would be Hen Harrier, Short eared and Barn Owl, Kestrel, Buzzard and even species like Hobby with ever more ponds and lakes created around the new forestry and recreational areas.

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