Fwd: Sherwood / Forest of Dean / Other Forests Under Threat

Mark Barrett marknbarrett at googlemail.com
Wed Jan 5 10:43:19 GMT 2011

'The enemies of wood," Roger Deakin wrote in
always the enemies of humanity." I've been thinking of Deakin a lot
since news surfaced of the coalition's plan to sell all of the Forestry
Commission <http://www.forestry.gov.uk/>'s English land. What would Deakin,
that planter of pips, that weaver of
have made of this grand arboreal auction? And I've been thinking, too,
of something WH Auden once
"A culture is no better than its woods."

Here is a map of all the forests in the UK threatened with
privatisation (taken from 38 degrees campaign website):


"At the rally today more than 3,000 people, backed by celebrities,
bishops, leading conservationists and politicians, pledged to defend
"the people's" trees from what they fear will be a corporate land
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