Jan. 28th, 2011

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There has been a lot of publicity and outrage recently about the government's recent proposals to sell off a vast swathe of England's forest estate in order to make a one-off lump sum of money and, they argue, to stop paying for maintenance. However, the likelihood is that many of these sold forests would end up still costing the government in maintenance grants through the Forestry Commission, which the new owners can apply for. They are also a potential a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jan/13/english-forests-lost-tax-revenues">tax drain, as inheritance tax is not payable on woodland areas.

And of course the main possibility that is worrying people is that this previously publically owned and managed land could be fenced off, fall into disrepair or potentially even cut down - if not now then at some point further down the line.

There is currently a public consultation running at defra and the Forestry Commission. If you have time and would like to know more/have your say about these proposals, I recommend going to these websites and making your voices heard.

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