Today there was a rally held in support of the Hands Off Our Forest campaign; over 3000 people joined in a short march through woods, listened to speeches and music, signed petitions and wrote personalised letter in support of the campaign and finished the afternoon off with a fire sculpture by a local artist.
The start of the march - 3rd January 2011
And goes on as far as the eye can see... right back around to the field that the march will finish on - 3rd January 2011
Listening to speeches - 3rd January 2011
Still listening even with snow falling all around - 3rd January 2011
The fire sculpture to finish the afternoon off - 3rd January 2011
It was a happy and positive event, a chance to say hello and catch up with people I wouldn’t normally see and the prefect way to highlight and bring attention to the issue and campaign.
The Government is proposing to sell of woodland owned by the Forestry Commission all over the UK to help clear the deficit. They have said that it is not fair for future generations to be paying it off but personally I would like to keep our public woodland and help pay off the deficit;
“The government wants to sell off more than half of our national forests to private firms. This could mean ancient woodlands are chopped down and ruined. Wildlife would have to make way for Centre Parcs style holiday villages, golf courses and commercial logging.
We need to stop these plans. Ancient forests like The Forest of Dean and Sherwood Forest are national treasures – once they are gone, they will be lost forever.”
If you too believe this to be wrong please sign the online petition HERE and pass it on to as many friends and family as possible