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Thursday 17 February 2011

We are the WINNERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A message from 38 degrees

Dear Bob,

WE'VE WON! The government has just confirmed they're totally scrapping the forest sell-off. The phoney consultation has been cancelled. The sinister legal changes to pave the way for privatisation have been dropped.

We did this together. Next time someone tries to tell any of us that signing petitions or emailing our MPs doesn’t work, we’ll know exactly what to say: “People power does work. Just look at the Save Our Forests campaign”.

Over half a million of us can feel very proud of what we've achieved together today. 


  1. Congrats!!!
    I'm so glad for you.
    All of you are awesome!

  2. Congratulations! :)
    I'm glad for you and success they have achieved.
    I wish you continued to have more joy.

    A big hug.

  3. It's wonderful Bob! Well done for keeping it going each day, I think we can all feel proud of the part we played in it :)

  4. Congratulations!!!!!!
    I'm so happy with you Bob! Really great news:)

  5. Well done and congratulations Bob!

  6. Very good news isn't it Bob!!

    Now its over lets hope the people who have tied ribbons round every tree will remove them as promised!!!



  7. Bob Congratulations!
    That's great news!

  8. This is excellent news Bob ! lets hope the relevant managers of our forests continue to get the funding they need.

  9. Excellent news! That's a thrill. :)

  10. Thank you, it's good news. Let's hope we can look after it. But, there is another thing that we have to read between the lines. The Woodland Trust writes:
    Save England's ancient forests
    It doesn't end here...

    Whilst welcoming Government intentions to abandon plans for disposal of public forests, the campaign to protect and restore England's ancient forests must go on, warns the Woodland Trust.

    We welcome the opportunity for a more considered approach to the future of our much loved woodlands but our campaign continues. Whilst we welcome the removal of threats to public access, there is still an acute need for better protection of Ancient Woodland, our equivalent of the rainforests, and restoration of ancient woods planted with conifers.

    Even if there are no sales of publicly owned forests, the worst of all worlds would be for there to be no change to the loopholes that have allowed 850 ancient woods to be threatened by built development over the past decade. Ministers have made strong commitments over the past few weeks to increase protection for ancient woods, and we will be holding them to these commitments.

    As I write, there is a proposal to water down protection for ancient woodland in the planning system. We need your help to defeat this proposal by 28th February.

    We must not let public passion and support for our woods and forests die down and now that ownership is no longer an issue, we must not lose sight of the need to increase protection for ancient forests and restore those planted with conifers, a once in a lifetime opportunity for woodland conservation.

    Our campaign will continue and we urge everyone to continue to sign our petition and transfer their passion about who owns England's public woods to ensuring that all of England?s woods survive in the future.

  11. Bob,
    einer allein bewirkt nichts - aber viele gemeinsam sind stark.
    Ich gratuliere Dir - euch - recht herzlich und freue mich mit dir-
    Liebe Grüße

  12. Its great news indeed...500,000 signatures plus certainly sent the government a message...You beloved forest of dean is safe again

  13. Glad I was part of that...
    A good feeling...

  14. Congratulations Bob! Another great success for the planet.

  15. It really is great news Bob; for now.

    I don't trust this bunch one bit, and they'll try again later, like you say.

    But for now, a victory to celebrate!

  16. It is great, it makes happy, hee, hee, hee hee.

  17. I had an email from the Woodland Trust with the news and I signed the new petition. Congrats from Boom & I of the Vermilon River, Canada. Just a PS on the sled dog killings. There was such world outrage that the Mounties have had to protect the owners and the perps from the people. So yes email does work.