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Sherwood Forest on the block

Cabinet plans massive sell-off of government-owned forests as they seek to save billions of pounds.

by Patrick Hennessy and Rebecca Lefort Published, from The Sunday Telegraph

October, 23 2010: Caroline Spelman, the Environment Secretary, is expected to announce plans within days to dispose of about half of the 748,000 hectares of woodland overseen by the Forestry Commission by 2020.

The controversial decision will pave the way for a huge expansion in the number of Center Parcs-style holiday villages, golf courses, adventure sites and commercial logging operations throughout Britain as land is sold to private companies. Legislation which currently governs the treatment of "ancient forests" such as the Forest of Dean and Sherwood Forest is likely to be changed giving private firms the right to cut down trees.

Posted: October 26, 2010

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