Friday, 8 July 2011

Have your say about the forests

A few months ago the government were convinced to abandon their plans to sell our forests. However the forests could still be at risk. When the government abandoned their forest sell-off plans, they said they'd set up an “independent panel of experts” to help decide the future of our woodlands. Now, the panel is up and running. They’ve said they want to hear ideas from thousands of us about the best way to protect our beautiful forests.

The panel has just started work, but they answer to the same minister who cooked up the plans to sell the forests in the first place. So although the panel could make sensible plans for our woodlands’ future, they could be under pressure to rubber-stamp more sell-offs. Together, we can stop that happening.

We’ve got until the end of July to answer their questions about the woodlands. If you can take two minutes to answer the panel's questions then a flood of messages will show the panel that the public wants our forests protected, not sold off to private companies. The questions the panel are asking aren't complicated and you don't need to be an expert to answer them. Anybody who cares about the forests can have a say. Find the questions here.

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