When I was a kid, I used to love walking in the woods and as an adult, taking my kids for long walks in The Chilterns was a favourite way to spend a Sunday morning. A school trip to The New Forest holds very special memories, as do several holidays to The Forest of Dean! So I was really alarmed this week to hear about the government plans to sell off lots of our forests. I naively didn’t think they were theirs to sell! I’ve found a couple of articles, one in the Independent and one in the Guardian which both explain the current situation. If you, like me, think that our forests are a national treasure that should never be sold, the please sign these 2 petitions – one for The Woodland Trust and one for 38 Degrees Organisation. At the moment the government are only “consulting” but it seems that, judging by the number of people who have already signed the petitions, as a nation we do not want to see our forests sold off, running the risk of them being turned into golf courses or theme parks. The Woodland Trust has been campaigning for the restoration of all the Forestry Commission’s damaged ancient woods (defaced by conifers) returning them to our native woodland. If the forests are sold off, this will be less likely to happen. So that’s my rant over! If you agree then please sign up, before it’s too late!