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Feb 17th, 2011

Victory! Government to scrap plans to sell our forests

By JohnnyChatterton

Victory! The Guardian, BBC and Independent are reporting that the government is about to scrap plans to sell our forests.

Over half a million of us should feel very proud of what we’ve achieved together. Let’s keep watching but also celebrate what we’ve done!

We’ll update this blog with more news as it comes out but here are some quick highlights of the campaign:

  • Thousands of 38 Degrees members voted to launch the Save Our Forests campaign in October 2010 when the government first announced their plans
  • Over 500,000 38 Degrees members signed the “Save Our Forests” petition
  • Over 100,000 38 Degrees members emailed or called their MPs urging them to stop the forest sell off
  • Hundreds of 38 Degrees members donated to fund a people-powered YouGov poll which found that 84% of the public wanted the forests kept in public hands
  • Thousands of 38 Degrees members chipped in nearly £60,000 to pay for ads in national newspapers to highlight that 84% of the British public opposed the forest sale.
  • Over 30 local groups around the country sprung up to campaign to stop the sell-off
  • Over 220,000 38 Degrees members shared the campaign on Facebook

Update 1: Here are a few more news reports:

Update 2: We were far from the only group working to stop the forest sell-off. It was achieved by so many of us working together.
Fantastic local groups, up and down the country, campaigned day and night to get these proposals scrapped.

The campaigning also took place on a national scale, with great work by organisations like Woodland TrustSave Our ForestsSave Our WoodsSave Britain’s Forests, GreenpeaceWWFNational TrustRamblers and The British Horse Society.

Meanwhile, a host of famous faces lent their support to the campaign and over 530,000 of us signed our petition.

Update 3

Here are a few tweets about the campaign:

Apparent cancellation of forest sell-off is an incredible victory for everyone who campaigned with @38_degrees – one of most exciting groupsless than a minute ago via web

To everyone who did their bit (however small) and made their voice heard (however quiet it seemed), congratulations. We won #saveourforestsless than a minute ago via web

We’ve saved our forests! The government has just announced that they’re going to scrap the forest sell-off. >Well done @38_degrees & signersless than a minute ago via TweetDeck

World forestry day due next month, let’s all go for a national walk in the woods you fought hard to protect #SaveOurForestsless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

@38_degrees THANK-YOU for giving us a voice.less than a minute ago via web

Thanks to everyone for the congratulations. WITHOUT YOU today’s announcement wouldn’t have happened. TOGETHER we did this #SaveOurForestsless than a minute ago via TweetDeck

@38_degrees Brilliant news on the forestry sell-off – it’s all down to some amazing campaigning and real people power. Well done guys!less than a minute ago via web

Congrats to @38_degrees for their role in the UK forests campaign!less than a minute ago via web 

@38_degrees woohoo! So very pleased everyone got their voices heard!less than a minute ago via web

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