I learned that the FC has been a global pioneer in sustainable forest management and not only that, they’ve played a part in healing industrial landscapes near urban conorbations and have opened up areas in some of their forests to create mosaics of habitat to boost biodiversity, encouraging the forests to become more resilient. I’ve learned that quite contrary to what we’re all led to believe, the FC are amongst the most successful at protecting some of our rarest woodland species. I learned that the Forestry Commission’s scientists have already researched how they’re going to make our forests more resilient in the face of climate change.

I learned that the foresters are men and women who have dedicated their entire lives to working in all weathers, often for more hours than paid for, out in the forest and with local communities because it’s more than just a job, it’s a passion.

The danger of this is that if people don’t know about the work the Forestry Commission does, they can’t care about losing them. They think that the organisations with the loudest PR are the pioneers and the knights in shining armor that can save our forests.

Please, DON’T put an NGO between us and those we trust at the Forestry Commission. Particularly over something as important as, community engagement, tree disease and forest resilience to climate change.

If it had been 2 years ago I’d be saying give the Woodland Trust all our public woods! Well, after 2 years of research I now know how dangerously wrong I would have been.