Fwd: Forests petition

Darren mail at vegburner.co.uk
Sun Jul 1 15:57:42 BST 2012

I guess the pressure helps.....

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Dear Darren,

Not again! There are worrying rumours of a behind-the-scenes effort to 
revive plans to sell off England’s woodlands. We may have less than a 
week to stop them and keep our forests safe for future generations.

Next week, the government's forest panel will publish a new report on 
the future of our woodlands. [1] Rumours are circulating that some panel 
members want to clear the way for a fresh sell-off. We’ve got a few days 
to persuade the rest of them to block this new threat to our beautiful 

Please add your name to the urgent petition now, and then forward this 
email to your family and friends. We’ll do an emergency delivery to each 
of the panel members before next Wednesday:

It's a bit depressing that anyone still thinks selling off England's 
woodlands is a good idea! But it's not all that surprising - the 
government forest panel includes vested interests from the private 
timber industry. [2] A huge people powered petition could help sway 
undecided panel members and make sure these vested interests don't win out.

Our woodlands are at their best at this time of year. Animals and plants 
are flourishing. A new generation of children is learning to ride bikes 
and climb trees. For those of us that live in cities and towns, 
woodlands give us a chance to slow down and enjoy nature. And for tens 
of thousands of people, jobs in forests pay their wages. [3] That's why 
last year, half a million of us stood together to stop them being sold 
off. [4]

The next few days are crucial to protect these beautiful wild places - 
please sign the emergency petition now:

Thanks for being involved,

Hannah, Marie, Cian, David, Becky, James, David T, Belinda and the 38 
Degrees team

PS: The government has already stated publicly that up to 40,000 
hectares of woodland could be put up for sale again within weeks of this 
report being published. We can't let this start again! Please sign the 
petition now: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/keep-our-woods-safe

[1] DEFRA: Independent Panel on Forestry 
[2] DEFRA: Independent Panel on Forestry Panel members’ biographies 
[3] Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology postnote: UK Trees 
and Forests http://www.parliament.uk/documents/post/postpn275.pdf
[4] The Independent: Forest farce: Cameron to axe sell-off policy 

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