Daily Archives: March 14, 2011

The Case of the Missing Wood


Isn’t there the risk, if the boundaries of a wood become blurred, whether by renaming it, merging it, concealing its entrances, or just neglecting it, that it will lose its physical and historical uniqueness? Is the greater risk that a nebulous wood is much easier to transform into an ex-wood, e.g. a housing estate?

Wouldn’t it be easy to privatise a public wood that’s been made to vanish from the map? The privatisation of UK public woodland was a recent real threat. Massive public protest forced the Government to back down, but it will be looking for more than one way to cook the goose (wood), as the saying goes.

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