Access, what access?

There is trouble brewing in the UK as the government proposes selling off woodlands currently owned and managed by The Forestry Commission. The latter, while giving advice to land owners, administering grant funding and carrying out research is also responsible for a large proportion of English woodland. Public access has become more and more a priority on its agenda and many people enjoy access to Forestry Commission woodlands for leisure purposes.

The government wishes to reduce costs and capitalise on public assets. There is an outcry of opposition.

My twopennorthworth is to encourage people who feel strongly about this to do something, and one thing the government can’t do is ignore its own consultation exercise. So fill in their questionnaire here: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/forests/index.htm