Stop the Forestry Commission handing over our forests to upmarket holiday parks
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The Forestry Commission was set up to protect forests and to ensure the public could access them. A report today by the Times shows these ideas being abandoned and forests effectively being privatised for the use of the wealthy:
The Times reported today that:
'A private company that runs luxury log cabins on Forestry Commission land has drawn up plans to double the number of holiday parks in previously undeveloped woods.
The commission, responsible for protecting Britain’s public woods, created Forest Holidays in the 1970s to allow people to “enjoy the forest” in a basic cabins and tents.
The business has been gradually privatised and the commission now owns only 14 per cent of Forest Holidays.
An internal audit of the commission’s 2012 commercial agreement with Forest Holidays raised concerns that the public was getting a poor deal. The commission earns about £3,000 per cabin per year in rent from Forest Holidays but it costs up to £4,000 a week to stay in one.'
Please sign this petition to stop the further privatisation of forests so that you and your children can enjoy the land the Forestry Commission was set up to protect!
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