As I'm sure we all know times they are a tough and the government are proposing many measures to deal with the budget deficit.
One suggestion the government has is to sell off Forests.
During world war II large swathes of confiers were planted for timber. The Forestry Commission is now in the process of chopping this down and restoring much of the broadleaf woodland such as oak, beech ash and lime.
Bodies such as the Woodland Trust are concerned that if sales go ahead without any protection for ancient woodland in place, these areas will return to commercial timber or felled to make way for development.
The government are already committed to sell off 15 per cent of the estate and is expected to increase this number.
Personally I think this is short sighted, the forests are a national asset and frankly shouldn't be sold for a short term gain depriving future generations the access and pleasure of them.
Also we need to be clear that much of our wildlife is evolved to use broad leaf woodlands.
The Woodland Trust has a petition against this here.