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Second forest protest to be held in Lakes

Posted 3 February 2011
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Second forest protest to be held in Lakes
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A second protest rally against the sale of Forestry Commission land in the Lake District is to take place.

People who enjoy riding mountain bikes in the forests and support those opposing privatisation may be among the crowd that will gather at Whinlatter on February 19th for the meeting, organiSed by pressure group Save Lakeland's Forests.

Speakers will include mountaineer Chris Bonington and former Forestry Commission chairman Lord Clark of Windermere.

The first event at Grizedale on January 30th attracted 1,500 people and included Cumbria MPs Tim Farron and John Woodock, who publicly tore up copies of the government's plans to sell the forests.

The pair are Liberal Democrat and Labour members respectively, but doubts about the plans and the potential loss of access to forests for walkers and riders has also been expressed by Conservative MP Robert Opperman, whose Hexham seat covers part of the Kielder Forest.

He raised these during a House of Commons debate yesterday (February 2nd).