Government plans to sell of forests causes anger.

The Government's announcement toady that it will publish its consultation on selling off tracts of publicly-owned forests in England has resulted in angry outbursts from campaigners.

The Archbisphop of Canterbury, Dame Judi Dench and Bill Bryson are among angry campaigners who have signed a letter declaring the sale as "unconscionable".

The plan could lead to the sale of all land in England owned by the Forestry Cojmmission but the Government, however, says that nature and rights of access will be protected in the terms of any sale.

Forests in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will not be affected.

The Archbishop and nearly 100 other people in public life wrote to the Sunday Telegraph last weekend expressing their horror at the idea of forests being sold off.

An opinion poll at the weekend found 75% of respondents were opposed to the sell-off.

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