Lots of stuff in the news recently about government plans to sell off woodland currently managed by the Forestry Commission.  I suspect some of it is scare-mongering, given specific rights of way would be preserved even if land passed into the private sector.  Nonetheless, there is a principle at stake – for a relatively small saving, the government is proposing selling off what, in theory, should belong to us all. 

There are lots of campaigns starting up to oppose the scheme, but please take a look at the Woodland Trust site and read about what they are trying to do.  See  http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/en/campaigning/save-ancient-forests/Pages/fc-disposals-act-now.aspx for more details.