My Guardian blog has, so far, been shared on social media about 2000 times, and received over 150 comments (mostly shocked at what is going on there).
The e-petition on this subject has passed 3000 signatures.
The chief executive of the Wildlife Trusts, Stephanie Hilborne, has tweeted ‘Not what the forestry panel wanted. This detracts from a woods’ value big time. Wrong call. @MarkAvery http://ow.ly/JbOVe @
mike__clarke‘ in response to my asking her and Mike Clarke (RSPB) whether this was what the Independent Forestry Panel envisaged for our forests.
The local MP, Andy Sawford, has tweeted ‘Stop the backdoor privatisation of our forests. Please read and RT this article by @
MarkAvery http://www.theguardian.com/environment/blog/2015/feb/17/privatisation-uk-woodlands-happening-by-backdoor …‘ and also has written to the planning committee asking them to take account of local opposition and reject the proposal.
And I keep hearing of concerns about Forest Holidays developments, either built or proposed, in other parts of our forest estate.
But all this comes to a head in the Development Control Committee meeting of East Northants District Council, in Thrapston, this evening some time after 7pm. I will pay particular attention to the three-minute presentation of David Williamson, Head of Recreation at the Forestry Commission. Remember – the Forestry Commission is ‘us’ – the taxpayer. These are our forests, bought with our taxes, for our futures.
I will tweet from the meeting if possible, and will write a short blog later this evening – that’ll be Not so Fine Shade (7), I guess. And then, I hope there will be a celebratory blog tomorrow morning (Not so Fine Shade (8)) and that will be an end of it. On the other hand, we may have quite a few Not so Fine Shade blogs to come.