Friday 18 February 2011 2.18pm
You might well be right, Boss St Bloke, but it's good to see the number of peoople who were prepared to take action in view of the threat - real or contrived. Anyway, I for one intend to get back to Simon Hughes
on the issue, and hopefully this time he'll get back to me. See below, from the Woodland Trust
" We welcome the opportunity for a more considered approach to the future of our ... woodlands but our campaign continues ... there is still an acute need for better protection of Ancient Woodland, our equivalent of the rainforests, ... Even if there are no sales of publicly owned forests, the worst of all worlds would be for there to be no change to the loopholes that have allowed 850 ancient woods to be threatened by built development over the past decade. Ministers have made strong commitments over the past few weeks to increase protection for ancient woods, and we will be holding them to these commitments.
There is currently a proposal to water down protection for ancient woodland in the planning system. We need your help to defeat this proposal by 28th February."
(Incidentally, if you put your SE1 postcode into the search facility of the Woodland Trust site, www.woodlandtrust.org.uk, you can find your nearest wood. Mine came up as 2.01 miles away. Not ancient woodland and not - as far as I know - threatened with sell-off. But there for SE1-ers to enjoy and one of the things that adds to our quality of life. )