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The power of spring flowersGuardian Unlimited | 08 Apr 2011
Spring in Britain is one of the best shows on earth - Laura Barton describes the sweet smell of this season. Here in the deepest, darkest corners, the roots are spreading, fine threads silvering the soil, a delicate macrame of pale tendrils and wet earth. Above, the leaf litter stirs, shoots press upwards into cool air, and there comes the soft unfurling of petals, the rush of scent rising.
The 10 best woods and forests for spring flowersGuardian Unlimited | 08 Apr 2011
A visit to Priestley Wood in spring or early summer should test even the most knowledgeable plant-identifier. Some 130 flowering plants have been recorded in the woods, which have been designated a site of special scientific interest. There are relatively large populations of the twayblade orchid, the common spotted orchid, wild garlic, broad-leaved helleborine, herb Paris, primrose and the ever-popular bluebell.
Why Britain's woodlands are so preciousGuardian Unlimited | 08 Apr 2011
Britain's woodlands are more than places of weekend refuge. Jeanette Winterson untangles the enduring appeal of the forest. A woodcutter had three sons. One could chop down an oak tree in a day. One could plank the timber in a week. The third was so small that he just gathered acorns. "And what is the use of that?" demanded his father. "You never know when you might need a forest," said the boy.
Ireland's wildlife audit unveiledYahoo! News | 23 Mar 2011
Ireland's scenic mountains woodlands and waterways are home to more than 31000 different species of flora and fauna.
MP raises concerns about wood sustainabilityEpolitix.com | 16 Mar 2011
Last week's announcement on the Renewable Heat Incentive was an attempt to turn attention to decarbonising the heat sector. However, it has serious ramifications for the forest industries, introducing another incentive for biomass energy generation - largely produced from wood in the UK.
Trust calls for clear thinking in forestry debateEpolitix.com | 02 Mar 2011
Following Joan Ruddock's Westminster Hall debate on the future of the Forestry Commission, the Woodland Trust welcomes support from parliamentarians on increasing native woodland cover.
Letters: When the rot set in at the Forestry CommissionGuardian Unlimited | 22 Feb 2011
I've worked in the commercial forestry sector for more than 30 years, and I welcome John Vidal's contribution to the current debate (England's forests are not out of the woods yet, 19 February). A more vibrant Forestry Commission (FC) is essential to the UK's forest industry; and yes, its commercial woodlands can and should finance amenity woodlands for public benefit. But how?
UK forest sale plan scrapped after outcryReuters | 17 Feb 2011
The British government on Thursday scrapped its controversial plans to sell the bulk of England's publicly owned forests after intense public opposition.
U-turn is victory for people powerGuardian Unlimited | 17 Feb 2011
The 38 Degrees campaign has been a success, not just for forests but because it proves that people power works. More than 500,000 of us are celebrating our part in the biggest campaign win since this government came to power last May. David Cameron seems to have completely dropped his plan to sell...
Forests sell-off abandoned as Cameron orders U-turnGuardian Unlimited | 16 Feb 2011
Plans scrapped after furious backlash and Ed Miliband jibing about PM changing the Conservative emblem to a tree. David Cameron has ordered ministers to carry out the government's biggest U-turn since the general election by abandoning plans to change the ownership of 258,000 hectares of...
UK postpones forest sell-offReuters | 11 Feb 2011
The controversial sale of 15 percent of Britain's publicly owned forests is being put on hold while the government looks again at issues like public access and biodiversity.
Forest sell-off faces the chop after coalition invoked a public backlashGuardian Unlimited | 11 Feb 2011
The government is on the ropes over its plans to sell off England's forests. Nearly half a million people have now signed a petition against the plans and local groups are springing up around the country. Last week I raised the issue of the sales in the House of Commons but I was told there was no turning back. A week is a long time in forestry politics.
National Trust signals return to 'radical roots' over forest sell-offGuardian Unlimited | 09 Feb 2011
Dame Fiona Reynolds criticised forest sell-off plans, invoking the spirit of the trust's radical Victorian founders. The National Trust has given notice it is returning to its radical roots in a way that will make government ministers nervous, as it invoked the spirit of its firebrand founders in criticising plans to sell off England's forests. Dame Fiona Reynolds, the trust's director general, said the government's plans were "full of holes" and "thin on detail".
Lib Dems nervy over forest plansYahoo! News | 08 Feb 2011
Nine Liberal Democrat MPs have called on the coalition to "reconsider" its plans to sell off the country's forests.
The Conservatives were the designated defenders of tradition.Guardian Unlimited | 08 Feb 2011
Attacks on woodland, the World Service and British heritage will leave voters outraged. Labour must not miss this chance. If there was one thing you could rely on in this fast-changing world, it was that the Conservative party would be conservative. Everything else might be upside down, but at least you could trust the Tories to defend those institutions that were timelessly and for ever British.
Spinning in No 10? It's just not cricket ... | Simon HoggartGuardian Unlimited | 05 Feb 2011
Remembering the days when Clement Attlee was more interested in bowling than briefing? Isn't it a reflection of modern times that the prime minister's appointment of a spin doctor has attracted as much attention as any new cabinet minister might? Rightly so - Craig Oliver will probably be more...
Forestry shows us what is wrong with UK politicsGuardian Unlimited | 04 Feb 2011
Though they are essential for our physical and spiritual wellbeing - locking away carbon, sustaining thousands of species, including our own, and providing pleasure and recreation – trees are under attack from all sides. We have known for years of the depredations of logging companies in the...