The Government wants to sell off significant parts of the woodland managed by the Forestry Commission to private firms, residents and community groups. What remains under the control of the Forestry Commission will face substantial reform.
This could mean woodlands, like Cannock Chase, could be sold to the highest bidder.
Local people are questioning what this change could mean for their current enjoyment of the woodland. Would future owners want to encourage access, with things like footpaths and cycle trails?
What future for Cannock Chase forest?
Just in case anyone’s looking in after tonight’s Newsnight…
Our online petition is available at http://www.petitiononline.co.uk/petition/save-cannock-chase-from-sell-off/586
Or you can download the paper one at www.savecannockchase.org.uk
The national petition which we support is at http://www.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/save-our-forests#petitionHednesford Hills are too close to the Chase to be unaffected!