Feb 10th, 2012
Protect Quantock Hills
By Joe Fitzpatrick
Almost exactly a year ago, 38 Degrees members finally managed to stop the terrible plan to sell off England’s woodlands. It was a huge victory for people power and over 500,000 of us played our part in it.
We’ve helped keep our national forests safe. But beautiful wild places owned by local councils could still be under threat. Quantock Hills in Somerset are under threat. If the sale goes ahead, a beautiful area of woodland and open countryside could be at risk.
Can you add your name to the petition to stop the sell-off?
The Quantock Hills are beautiful. Famous English poets like Wordsworth and Coleridge have written about them. Rare plants and animals thrive there. Hundreds of thousands of people visit every year. If they’re sold, there’s every risk we’ll see fences going up and crucial habitats in danger.
If Somerset County Council get away with this, other councils across the country could start trying to sell off local wildlife havens too. Stopping Somerset Council should help stop these kind of sell-off schemes becoming a new national menace.
So it makes sense for all of us who stood together to protect woodland owned by our national government to speak up against Somerset Council’s local sell-off plan.
A huge people-powered petition can make Somerset Council think again and safeguard the Quantock Hills for future generations. Add your name now – local 38 Degrees members will deliver the petition before the Council votes.
Is your local council threatening to sell off a natural treasure like the Quantock Hills? Add your stories below to share with other 38 Degrees members.