Letter: Stop selling our public woods

Sir: The backdoor privatisation of our public woodlands continues despite John Major's election promise "not to privatise the Forestry Commission" and Ian Lang's Commons statement that "the FC woodlands should remain in the public sector".

In all, 2,680 public woodlands (46 per cent of the total) have been sold, only 48 with official public access agreements. Freedom to roam is invariably lost.

I urge your readers to pester the Prime Minister and their MPs so as to shame the Government into stopping this harmful sell-off of our much- loved and vital woodlands.


Swindon, Wiltshire