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January 30th, 2011


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08:21 am - Save the woods
I think that plans to sell off the woodlands concern me more than any other political moves - and that's saying something. After all, the NHS, the BBC, even the very education system of our country, these are human institutions. Even if the human population of this country is damaged, if the singularity takes us all away, even if everyone died in some Survivors-style epidemic, the land itself would carry on.

The British woodlands are greater than us, than any generation of human beings. It's our job to preserve them not sell them off to pay bonuses to people who will be gone like all of us in a few years. If it was a question of my life versus the woods then I am less important, because I will be gone in a few decades anyway, and the woods are eternal. Not literally eternal, I know. One day there will be an Ice Age or something. But compared to transient human life, they are on a different time scale. They are more important than me. I'm not just talking about the trees, but the animals and birds that live in them. I was walking in Cannock Chase the other day, and I looked up, and there were five silent deer right next to me. If you put the trees through a wood chipper for their cash cost you might as well put those deer in the wood chipper. They will be just as dead.

If the woods are gone, what is left?

Save Our Forests Campaign

Here is the Online Petition.

Over 300,000 people have signed so far. Please consider adding your name. My feeling is this is one issue where we have a chance of making a difference. Three quarters of the British population are opposed to this measure.

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From:katlinel
Date:January 30th, 2011 12:18 pm (UTC)
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I have signed the petition. I thought I already had but it turned out that I hadn't so I'm very glad you drew my attention again to this. I think the notion of selling any part of our publicly-owned woodland is wrong. Managing a forest for logging purposes for profit is very different to managing it for posterity and access and to support the right balance of the wildlife that lives within it, something which seems to be disingenuously ignored in some of the arguments I have read which point out that the woodland would be sold to companise with experience of woodland management.
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From:communicator
Date:January 30th, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
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Yes, this is the wrong kind of hedge fund management (badum-tish)
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From:kalypso_v
Date:January 30th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
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There's more than one petition around - I've also had an email from Chris B linking me to this one at the Woodland Trust. But the more the merrier...
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From:katlinel
Date:January 30th, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
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Should one sign both? It's not invalidating one's signature if one does that?
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From:kalypso_v
Date:January 30th, 2011 04:17 pm (UTC)
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Well, I signed both, and nothing seems to have exploded so far...
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From:katlinel
Date:January 30th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
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I think I was getting muddled with signing the same petition twice. My brain is not working today.
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From:kalypso_v
Date:January 30th, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
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I started off assuming they'd be the same, but I clicked on the link to check and they looked quite different, so I thought I might as well do both.

Know how you feel. My body is firmly informing me that a 22-hour day is not a good stunt for a 49-year-old to attempt to pull off.
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From:communicator
Date:January 30th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
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I signed that one too. I think it's less ambitious and more focused on ancient woodland. Both legitimate goals IMHO.
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From:communicator
Date:January 30th, 2011 11:10 pm (UTC)
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Good news there seems to be support from all parties so I really think this could be stopped

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jan/30/mps-lake-district-forest-protest
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From:katlinel
Date:January 31st, 2011 10:11 am (UTC)
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I really hope so.
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From:teadog1425
Date:January 30th, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
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I too have signed the petition - thank you for drawing it to my attention!

Would it be ok if I friended you? It's always nice to run across another UK bod! I mostly post about riding and/or writing.

Tam
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From:communicator
Date:January 30th, 2011 02:45 pm (UTC)
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Sounds great - I know nothing about equestrianism I'm afraid - buymeaclue and pinkdormouse are good riders.
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From:jekesta
Date:January 30th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
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I've been feeling almost badly about this being the thing I'm *most* upset about, but I'm so upset about it I really can't think about it. I know lots of the other things are going to have so much more impact on people really quickly, and this is going to be a slower further away thing, but it feels so much more real to me than any of the rest of it.
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From:communicator
Date:January 30th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
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yeah, me too
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From:decemberleaf
Date:January 30th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
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Can anything be done from this country--does the required Postcode pose a problem? Treebeard and I have an urgent interest in this.
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From:communicator
Date:January 30th, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
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I honestly don't know how it has been set up. I never considered that. I like your appropriate icon :-)
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From:iainjclark
Date:January 30th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
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I absolutely agree that these plans are venal and short-sighted and may do irreperable harm to comething that literally cannot be replaced. It's not like the next Government can come along and unsell the forests and unbuild the developments.
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From:communicator
Date:January 30th, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
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I think it can be stopped, this one, because I think it's a cross-party concern. I hope so.

ETA - oh yes, there is good

Edited at 2011-01-30 11:09 pm (UTC)
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From:espresso_addict
Date:January 31st, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
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Ah, hadn't read this when I posted my own, much less eloquent, plaint earlier. Delamere Forest, our local FC woodland, as the remnant of royal Forests of Mara and Mondrem, has in all probability been unfarmed heath/wood continuously since the last ice age. I'm spitting with rage at the idea Mr Cameron is going to sell it off.

I really hope this is one area where this [insert your expletive of choice] government can be persuaded to back down.
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From:communicator
Date:January 31st, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
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I can't bear the thought
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From:communicator
Date:February 2nd, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
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You are welcome maia, I think you feel the same as me about things like this
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From:geekette8
Date:February 2nd, 2011 10:26 am (UTC)
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Here via green_maia and have signed both petitions - thank you!
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From:develish1
Date:February 2nd, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
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Here via helygen. Hope you don't mind but I'm basically going to steal your entire post and repost it (with credit of course) as it's far better worded than anything I could come up with myself.
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From:communicator
Date:February 2nd, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
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Hi - no worries at all, and I don't mind about credit or anything
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From:develish1
Date:February 2nd, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
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thanks :) I've reposted it, the more word spreads the better right? Have noted I got it from you though

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