Forestry Commission Consultation
Several months ago the Forestry Commission put out a consultation paper titled Towards a New Management Body for the PFE (Public Forest Estate) and invited comment from interested parties. The Forest Campaigns Network (FCN) decided not to offer a joint response leaving it to individual community groups to put forward their own point of view. Save Sherwood Forest were one of six groups that gave their view and our response can be found here. Apart from an acknowledgement we have heard nothing from either FC or Defra.
As you may be aware, David Heath, the Forestry Minister was ousted in the recent reshuffle and has been replaced by Dan Rogerson. David Heath was broadly supportive of what FCN and the community campaigning groups were trying to do. We don’t know if this support will be continued under Dan Rogerson’s tenure, or what impact it will have on the future of the PFE or its new management body. We will keep you up dated as and when we have more information.
European Elections 2014
Next year sees the elections of representatives to the European Parliament. As it seems to us that Europe often takes the lead in matters relating to the environment, at times putting some of our own politicians to shame, it is important that we get to know what our prospective MEP’s actually stand for. To that end we’re exploring the possibilities of organising a Hustings for Nottinghamshire on Environmental Policies and have contacted a number of environmental groups in the county to see if they feel it would be worthwhile and whether they would be prepared to help put the event together. We want this event to be as inclusive as possible and have contacted Campaign for Better Transport, CPRE, Climate Alliance, Friends of the Earth, Greenwood Community Forum, Health In Your Environment, The National Trust (Volunteer Groups) The Ramblers, RSPB, The Sherwood Forest Trust, Wildlife Trust, Woodland Trust.
If you know of any other group or organisation that you feel we should contact please get in touch through firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding for Tree Planting – or lack of it!
The grants programme that helps local authorities & communities, conservation groups and landowners plant more woodland is being cut. This is despite the Governments Forestry & Woodlands Policy Statement in January saying clearly that they wanted to see significantly more woodland in England. After 2014 there will be no new grants available for new tree planting until the end of 2016 and there is no clarity regarding what might happen in 2017 and onwards.
The Woodland Trust have a petition going at the moment and we would urge you to sign it at http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/campaigning/campaigns/urgent-petition-unlock-government-grants-for-tree-planting/
This petition is only going for a short time so please don’t lose the opportunity to support this cause.
Ramble in the Woods – advance warning
The provisional date for next year’s Ramble in the Wood is Saturday 22 March 2014. This time we’re looking into the possibility of rambling around Bestwood Country Park to celebrate World Forestry Day (officially on 21 March) and the third anniversary of the people’s victory to stop the forest sell off in 2011 (18 February) More details will follow in the new year. Hopefully we’ll have more to celebrate by then.
If you have any comments or views on any of the above or would like to make an input into what we are doing please get in touch via email@example.com