The Forest of Dean is under threat as never before. Government plans to sell it off will limit access and destroy centuries of tradition. The mixed broad-leaf and conifer woodlands, so well managed by the Forestry Commission as an amenity for all, will be ruined.
HOOF aims to keep the Forest as it is – publicly owned and publicly run by the Forestry Commission.
Country Standard urges it's supports to join the HOOF rally
MAJOR HOOF RALLY
Monday 3 January
Meet Woodlands car park 12.30
Rally in Speech House field 1.00
Guest speakers etc to be announced - watch this space.
Please try to be there and make this a huge show of strength.
HOOF's strategy is that government should respect the 1981 Act regarding the Forest of Dean and give it, and the other Heritage Forests, full protection from disposal.
We believe that ownership and management by a charitable trust is both impractical and a road to ruin.
Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, Labour leader of the House of Lords, speaking to a packed Miners Welfare, Cinderford, on Friday 10th Dec. Read here
If you want a great introduction to the government's plans and our response to them, click the Information link above. There you can read a Question & Answer article by Nigel Costley and an in-depth article and a fascinating history of the Forest from early times to the present day by Owen Adams
Visit our information page to find out what you can do to prevent this disastrous sell off of something we all own.
Read a great article about the privatisation of our forests by
Jonathon Porritt here
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SAVE OUR FORESTS - YELLOW RIBBON MOVEMENT
There is a movement already underway, started by Sally Lomax, to tie a yellow ribbon around prominent trees - you may have already seen some, for example along Bream Avenue.
The idea is to constantly remind everyone in the Forest that it is under threat. Only when the Forest is safe will they be removed.
You can buy Florist Ribbon, 100yds long and about 2" wide, colour daffodil, 100% waterproof, at Crazy Occasions (tel: ) in Lydney.