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.

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