State-owned forests: what happens now?

The government planned to divest itself of the public forest estate in England, but has been forced into an embarrassing u-turn. Simon Evans asks what went wrong and where to next

Hands Off Our Forests rally in the Forest of Dean on 3 January. Over 3,000 protesters braved freezing conditions and snow (credit: Forest of Dean and Wye valley Review)
Hands Off Our Forests rally in the Forest of Dean on 3 January. Over 3,000 protesters braved freezing conditions and snow (credit: Forest of Dean and Wye valley Review)

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