Should we sell our forests?
The government is launching a consultation on its plans to sell off publicly-owned forests in England. Is a sale of forests a good idea?
The plan could lead to the sale of all land in England owned by the Forestry Commission, totalling 2,500 sq km. The government says nature and rights of access will still be protected.
Forests in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will not be affected by the plans which campaigners in England have called "unconscionable".
How should public forests and woods be managed? Should forests be kept in public ownership for future generations? Does it matter if forests are publicly or privately owned? How can the government preserve public access to forests?
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