This week the Labour Party will make clear its plans to protect the British countryside and prevent our public forests from ever being sold. In a speech today to the RSPB, Maria Eagle, shadow secretary for the environment will attack the Coalition for the recent decline in the UK’s natural environment, under their watch.
We’ve had five years of environmental degradation, and it must stop.
“David Cameron wanted to sell-off our forests. The next Labour government will protect our forests, keeping them in public ownership,” Eagle will say. “And we will reform the Forestry Commission to increase public access to nature. We will secure ready access to trees and woodlands by planting them closer to the places where people live.”
Steve Parry-Hearn, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for the Forest of Dean unreservedly welcomes the expected statement:
“I have always been totally committed to protecting our Forest. Since the Coalition were forced into a u-turn on the sell-off of our Forests by the brilliant work of local campaign groups such as HOOF, they have tried to convince us that our forests were safe. However, no legislation has ever been put in place that would guarantee this.”
“We’ve had five years of environmental degradation, and it must stop. I have met several times with Maria Eagle over the last year, and this latest statement, focusing on increasing biodiversity, is exactly what we need to hear.”