The Government have announced their intention to sell off Forestry Commission land in England before consulting on the proposals. They have failed to provide any assurances that important safeguards will be met.
The Public Bodies Bill paves the way for the sell off of the English Forestry Commission Estate (FCE) and will allow Ministers to dispose of land without prior consultation with Parliament. In Scotland and Wales forestry is a devolved issue.
Ministers have said that they wish to dispose of a ‘substantial’ part of England’s woodland.
This is not the first time the Tories have attempted to sell off our forests.