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Planned forest sale suspended

Posted 11 February 2011
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Planned forest sale suspended
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The government has suspended the proposed sale of Forestry Commission land, amid a concerted campaign of opposition to the sales.

Environment minister Caroline Spelman has revealed she is putting plans to sell off part of the land in England on hold while the issue is looked at in more depth.

She insisted this will involve 15 per cent of the land being sold while the rest will be leased, but noted the detail will be studied carefully.

For those who like to put on their walking boots and hike in the woods, this may be a positive sign that any sale or lease taking place will be done in a way that ensures access for walkers.

Ms Spelman indicated this will be the case by remarking: "The criteria for these sales will be reviewed so that protections are significantly strengthened following the inadequate measures that were applied to sales under the previous administration."

The Save Lakeland's Forests pressure group will be holding a second rally against the proposals on February 19th in the Whinlatter Forest, having held one at Grizedale on January 30th.