Private forestry comes out of the woodwork

Feb 12, 2011   //   by Nicholas Milton   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Want to know who will really benefit from the big forestry sell off? Well a good starting point would be to look at who has benefitted so far from timber sales in 2011, put on hold today by the government. You can check out the winners yourself here. One undoubted winner is Tilhill forestry, the UKs leading forestry and timber production company, with a turnover in excess of £100 million. In fact of the 3 lots of forestry put on sale to date none have gone to community groups or charities. Included in the lots is land in Sherwood Forest, the New Forest and the Forest of Dean. Could it be that rather than wanting to put in place more safeguards on access and biodiversity, the real reason the government decided to put the sale on hold is they didn’t want to be selling off our forests to private companies at such a politically sensitive time?

Jonathan Porritt cuts green groups down to size

Feb 8, 2011   //   by Nicholas Milton   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Jonathan Porritt in a scathing article on his blog has accused the environmental movement of collectively betraying the public by not supporting the grassroots campaign to stop the forestry sell off. Strong words indeed coming from the former head of Friends of the Earth (whose former employer also does not escape his wrath). In a withering assessment of each he comes to the conclusion that they are either too concerned about their relationship with the Department of the Environment to criticise the sell off or they hope to gain from it. But is he right? READ MORE

The questions about Chilean mining which need to be answered

Feb 3, 2011   //   by Nicholas Milton   //   Blog  //  2 Comments

Today the Chilean miner Jose Henriquez and the President of Chile’s chaplain Alf Cooper I heard speak last week met with President Obama at a National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. Sadly the man organising the “34th Man” Tour, Michael Burke of the Church Mission Society, didn’t think it appropriate for Jose or Alf to answer any of the questions I put to them about what is needed to ensure such an accident never happens again. Questions such as who was to blame for the accident and what compensation had the San Esteban Mining Company paid the miners, why the Chilean government is closing down small mining companies while allowing big global mining companies like Anglo American Chile not to pay money to the governments reconstruction fund and the links between big global Chilean mining companies and the President of Chile’s election campaign. READ MORE

Nicholas Milton

I am a marketing and communication expert with over 20 years experience. Over this time I have campaigned on issues I feel passionately about - conservation, climate change, racial equality, land reform, rural poverty and most recently international development. I am also a successful freelance journalist and have been published in the Guardian, Times, Daily Telegraph and the Independent.

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