Those of us who enjoy rambling, cycling and horseriding know just how very important our forests are – particularly public access to them. I was personally quite shocked to learn that the last Government sold 25,000 acres of woodland without protections for the public.
The recent consultation on forests has been very controversial and I am glad that David Cameron has stepped in to stop the process. However, this does still leave the question of how best to protect our heritage forests. Some of our best forests are owned by the National Trust and other woodland trusts, and it may be better for the future if such independent bodies look after our forest heritage, rather than leaving it all in the hands of the Forestry Commission. At least with a trust, you know that Government cannot interfere with our rights