by Ortensia Littlewood Feb 1st, 2013
Yesterday, after months of deliberations – we have the final, official word from the government that they will do what more than half a million of us asked them to – and protect our nation’s forests for good.
Congratulations! We’ve really, truly, won.
It was a political defeat, and victory for people power they never saw coming.
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In late 2010, the government announced a plan to introduce a new law to allow all publicly owned woodlands to be sold off in the future.
The government might have expected a few predictable protests, but there was nothing predictable about what happened next.
When the government finally did admit they got it wrong, they promised to set up an independent forestry panel to advise them on what should be done next.
Again, 38 Degrees members sprang into action:
And the Independent Panel on Forestry was critical.
They found the government had “greatly undervalued” the benefits woodlands provide for people, nature and the economy. They then called for forest policy to be held in public trust for the entire nation, shielded from political interference – with one member saying, “the tree cycle is wholly different to the electoral cycle.”
So here we are today, more than two years after our campaign began – and the government has at last, quietly issued an official announcement confirming that they won’t try selling off England’s forests again.
That means we’ve done it. Our forests are safe, for good.
It’s thanks to all the people who fought so hard – including over half a million 38 Degrees members – that our beautiful forests and woodlands are now safe for generations to come.
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Together we should all feel incredibly proud about the part we played in saving England’s wonderful forests and woodlands. Please forgive the long email – but moments like these don’t happen every day. Again, thank you.