Today (28th January), the leading article published in The Independent was titled ‘Safeguard the wood and the trees’.
‘… It is a measure of the lack of trust in modern politics that no one seems to believe the Environment Secretary when she says that England’s forests will be safe in the hands of private owners if the Government goes ahead with selling them off. A sale would be bad for wildlife and restrict public access to the land, the public feels. The minister, Caroline Spelman, says measures will be put in place to prevent that. But 75 per cent of voters polled oppose the plan to sell off half our forests in the largest change of land ownership since the Second World War. And there is more to this than a romantic attachment to the idea of Britain’s ancient woodlands …’
Also read ‘This green and private land: 637,000 acres of woodland up for sale’ (today, 28th January) at www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/this-green-and-private-land-637000-acres-of-woodland-up-for-sale-2196687.html and ‘Caroline Spelman loses her way in the woods’ (also today, 28th January) at www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/8289786/Caroline-Spelman-loses-her-way-in-the-woods.html