Hands off our forest!

by Helen Hooker February. 13, 2011 4324 views

I stayed at my friend Jenny's house in the Forest of Dean last night after her birthday party. As I drove back through the forest this morning I noticed lots of trees with yellow ribbons tied around them and signs saying “Hands off our forest!”. These have been placed there in response to the British Government's plan to sell off a lot if publically owned forests to raise money to reduce the current deficit. This has been a very unpopular plan and the residents of the Forest of Dean obviously feel particularly strongly about it. On Friday the government announced that they're putting their plans on hold temporarily so it looks like the level if public outrage has had some effect. It remains to be seen what will happen to the country's forests in the long run……

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Brenda Nelson 6 years, 9 months ago

A very profound post, Helen - and a very powerful comment on the plight of our earth today. Great photo, too!

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Tom 6 years, 9 months ago

Keep the Forests safe thanks for sharing helen

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Kate 6 years, 9 months ago

I am pleased that this has had a stay of execution - in Wales there were so many woodlands at risk, and I remain unconvinced about the conditions they said would be imposed upon purchasers. I have used woodlands for many years to deliver 'Forest Schools' a real opportunity for disaffected youngsters to succeed. Currently this is a 'free' resource...but I would imagine the new owners would want to charge!

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Marsha 6 years, 9 months ago

They've talked about doing that here, too, in the past...a very bad idea. Brings to my mind the song, "They paved paradise and put in a parking lot..."

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Snowpie 6 years, 9 months ago

Ohhh, I hope they keep the forests! It's the best you have! In every season they are beautiful!

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Josy 6 years, 9 months ago

Interessant, very interessant Helen!
Gouvernats fires of any wood, it is the case to say it ! :)

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