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Forest sale could leave less locations for nature photography

Where will you take photos if forest sale plans go ahead?

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ForestThe government is set to unveil its plans on selling parts of publicly-owned forests in England.

If the plans, which could see land currently managed by the Forestry Commission sold to private landowners, go ahead then the public could be left with  less areas to enjoy nature and take photographs in.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (defra) said: "We will not compromise the protection of our most valuable and biodiverse forests. Full measures will remain in place to preserve the public benefits of woods and forests under any new ownership arrangements."

According to reports, the government is expected to announce that our older woodlands such as the New Forest will be protected.

The National Trust have said: "We endorse the public’s concern over the future of Britain’s forests and insist that any change of ownership must protect public access to woodlands as well as their amenity, conservation and cultural value."

The National Trust have voiced their opinions in a set of principles they have sent to the government.

In response to the news Peter Cairns, Project Coordinator with 2020VISION, Britain's most ambitious conservation photography project, told ePHOTOzine: "Recent years has seen a major shift in how we use and perceive our forests. No longer just tree farms, at a national level they represent opportunities for conserving biodiversity, improving our health and of course, help to mitigate the impact of climate change.

While I would have real concerns about issues such as access and conservation obligations, a change in ownership is not automatically bad news and may result in a more ambitious and better resourced approach to forest protection and expansion. Of course photographic imagery is a key contributor to fuelling a shift in mindsets and perhaps photographers who feel strongly about the potential sale of forests should mobilise themselves using this most valuable communication tool."

You can find out more about the Public Consultation on the Forestry Commission website.

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27 Jan 2011 1:59PM

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