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Forest walkers deliver leafy messages

Posted 28 October 2011
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Forest walkers deliver leafy messages
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Messages supplied with beech saplings have been sent by the Ramblers to the Forestry Panel charged with devising government policy for forests in England.

The organisation has co-ordinated an appeal by members of the public expressing the personal desires of people to be able to go on accessing them.

Among them are an appeal by one man to still be able to go in the woods where his wife's ashes are scattered, while a father who said he "grew up in an area where we couldn't play in woods" asked them to ensure the same fate does not befall his son.

Ramblers campaigns officer Anastasia French said: "We're urging the Panel to listen carefully to these messages and let these saplings mark the beginning of a forestry future we can all enjoy."

The panel, which reports next month, was set up by the government after it abandoned its plans to sell off Forestry Commission land.

Ramblers chief executive Tom Franklin is one of the members of the panel.