Travel Hannah and Chico take the long way round Wales

How one travel-writer's innovative journey round the Welsh coast led to a starring role for her four-legged companion

Environment Secretary under fire over forest sale

The Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman came under fire from MPs in all parties yesterday as she defended her controversial plans to sell off England's public forests. Ministers admitted privately that they had not explained it properly and were being inundated with protest letters and emails. More than 360,000 people have signed a "save our forests" petition.

Official: England's forest sell-off will cost more than it saves

Selling off England's public forests could cost the nation more than it would save, according to an official government document that emerged last night.

Protesters rally over forests sell-off plans

A rally will be held today to protest over Government plans to transfer public forests in the Lake District and other parts of England to the private sector.

Paul Vallely: Stealing the common off the goose?

The proposed sale of woodlands is making rebels of us all. Forests are part of our folk memory

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This green and private land: 637,000 acres of woodland up for sale

Government unveils controversial plan to raise £250m

Widespread concern over £250 million forest sell-off plan

The row over England's publicly-owned forests continued tonight after the Government unveiled plans for a £250 million sell-off - but insisted the future of the country's woodlands would be protected.

Where the wild things are: Brecklands

It contains more than 2,000 rare species but few people know Brecklands in Norfolk exists. Jack Watkins finds out why

Celebrities voice forest privatisation fears

Famous names ranging from Annie Lennox and Dame Judi Dench to the Archbishop of Canterbury have implored the Government not to sell off the country's publicly-owned forests.

Letters: Care for the elderly

Two chilling points arise from Johann Hari's account of the last years of his grandmother (14 January). First, that it is by no means an isolated case; and second that in the current climate there is little chance of any financial help from government to remedy the situation.

Saving forests with rhododendron juice

Climate change is being felt in the forests of Nepal. Erratic rainfall, melting glaciers, flash floods and landslides, droughts, forest fires and dried-up springs are leading to reduced crop production, loss of land, increased pests and disease and food scarcity.

Hugh Blackett: Forester dedicated to conservation in the Tropics

Hugh Blackett dedicated his professional life to the wise use and conservation of tropical rain forests. He was at the forefront in developing tools for tracking individual logs from forest to factory and onwards to point of sale, making it possible to prove the ownership and legal origin of wood products throughout the supply chain. Such certificates are just starting to be required by US and EU law, and it will soon be impossible to import and sell wood products legally in these markets without them. This is galvanising countries such as Indonesia, where much logging is illegal, and governments are at last putting serious pressure on the gangsters who exploit forests outside the law.

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