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Forests 'may not be for sale' says Cameron

Posted 17 February 2011
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Forests 'may not be for sale' says Cameron
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Prime minister David Cameron has revealed the government may not go ahead with a sale of English Forestry Commission land, which may interest those who like to get out their trekking poles and take a hike in the woods.

Asked if he was happy with government policy on the issue during Prime Minister's Questions by opposition leader Ed Miliband yesterday (February 16th), Mr Cameron said he was not and stated the outcome may depend on the current consultation on the plans.

He added: "What is important is that we should be making sure that, whatever happens, we increase access to our forests," accusing Labour of failing to do this when it was in power, resulting in the public being excluded from some woodland.

News that the government is keen to ensure access and may not even sell the forest comes as pressure has been growing against a sale from many quarters.

Earlier this week, the Open Spaces Society launched a campaign against the sell-off of historic forest in Nottinghamshire, including areas once part of Sherwood Forest.