Monthly Archives: April 2014

FORESTs MATTER: Save Sherwood Forest Update April 2014

Letter to the Prime Minister

The letter to David Cameron was sent out on 04 April 2014, along with copies with covering notes to Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for the Environment, Dan Rogerson MP, the Forestry Minister, Andrew Lansley CBE MP as Leader of the House, Ed Miliband MP and Maria Eagle MP.  You can read the letter here.

We are also going to send emails to all the members of the Cabinet so that the issue of Forestry Legislation gets put in front of them at least once before the legislative programme for the next session is decided.

We know that other members of the Forest Campaigns Network are also lobbying government on this issue and if you feel that you can support this campaign please write to the government and/or your local MP.

The best people to contact are:

Rt Hon David Cameron MP, 10 Downing Street, Landon, SW1A 2AA, and/or

Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, DEFRA, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR

Even though it is almost certain that any letter that goes to these two will be forwarded to Dan Rogerson for reply, it is important that Cameron & Paterson know about it.

Alternatively, please email them:

David Cameron – https://email.number10.gov.uk/contact.aspx – this brings up a form for emails to the PM’s Office.

Owen Paterson –  defra.helpline@defra.gsi.gov.uk

If any of you live in Ken Clarke’s constituency please write to him as he attends Cabinet Meetings and may be supportive. His email address is suggd@parliament.uk

Although I’m sure some of you will compose your own words please feel free to use anything from Save Sherwood Forest’s letter. It would be good to know if you do write and if you get a response.

EU Election Hustings

We’re helping Nottingham World Development Movement and Nottingham Friends of the Earth promote this meeting on 26 March, 2pm – 4pm at Friends Meeting House, Clarendon Street, Nottingham.

Please see this page for further details and please broadcast it to interested parties.

The Ramble in Beautiful Bestwood Country Park

Over 30 people came together on a bright spring-like 22 March to walk through Bestwood Country Park and celebrate World Forestry Day and another year of campaigning for the Public Forest Estate and all our precious woodland.

Many thanks to all who came and to Margret for organising and leading the walk and especially to the folk from Bestwood Women’s Institute running the café who not only provided good coffee and excellent cake, but also donated over £60 to Save Sherwood Forest from their morning’s takings. Many thanks indeed!

You can view the pictures of this Ramble here.

Woodland Policy Enabling Programme Update

Save Sherwood Forest were represented at a telephone conference on the progress of the Woodland Policy Enabling Programme.

The meeting covered the whole programme and not just the parts that are about the Public Forest Estate. However it all has a bearing on the future and security of our forests and woodland.  You can download the notes that were taken of the meeting here: FC_DefraTeleConf_Minutes_260314. We have highlighted the parts that refer to writing to the government.

Your Views

If you have any comments or views on any of the above, would like to make an input into what we are doing, or if you know anyone who would be interested to receive our updates, please get in touch via our Contact Us page.

Letter to the Prime Minister

In conjunction with other forest campaign groups we have sent a letter to David Cameron encouraging government to include the proposed Forestry Bill in the Queen’s Speech.  This was copied to Dan Rogerson, Owen Paterson, Andrew Lansley (as Leader of the House), Ed Miliband and Maria Eagle. The letter is copied below:

The Rt Hon. David Cameron MP
10 Downing Street
London
SW1A 2AA

Save Sherwood Forest was born out of our community’s concern in 2010 that government was planning to sell off a substantial part of our Public Forest Estate. Following a national outcry government listened, withdrew the plan and set up the Independent Panel on Forestry (IPF). This was an initiative that received wide support and to which Save Sherwood Forest contributed.

Since the IPF produced its final report in July 2012 we, along with colleagues from other community campaign groups, have had regular contact with the Defra Forestry Team and members of the Forestry Commission. We have greatly appreciated this opportunity to influence government thinking and help shape the future of the PFE. All through this process our principal aim has been to help create a thriving, properly funded and expanding Public Forest Estate held safely within public ownership.

To that end we broadly welcome:

  • The announcement at the recent Stakeholder Meeting of the ten core principles that will guide government’s legislative planning.
  • The focus on pursuing a triple bottom line as outlined in the IPF’s Final report.
  • The inclusion of representatives from all spheres of interest at board level and amongst the Guardians.
  • The safeguards afforded by the above to safeguard against privatisation.
  • The move to pay for the public benefits that flow from the PFE through a system of Eco-System Services.

Given the above, we believe that the time for talking is over and urge you to include a Forestry Bill in the Queen’s Speech in June so that it can be scrutinised and passed before the end of this Government in 2015. We feel that doing this would complete the work started by the Independent Panel, keep faith with all those thousands of people who fought to save the PFE from the sell-off and secure this much loved national asset for future generations.

Yours Sincerely,
Save Sherwood Forest

EU Hustings

Focussing on the environment, trade and development

Come and hear MEP candidates talk about the environment, trade and development, and answer your questions. 

Saturday 26th April, 2pm-4pm

Friends Meeting House, Clarendon Street, Nottingham NG1 5JD

Tea and coffee available from 1.45pm

Organised by Save Sherwood Forest, Nottingham Friends of the Earth and Nottingham World Development Movement

You can download a flyer for this event here: EUHustingsFlyer