Lennox & Dench Fight To Keep British Forests Public

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January 23, 2011 | 8:45pm EST

Annie Lennox and Dame Judi Dench have joined a campaign to protect Britain’s public-owned woodlands.
The two ladies are among the stars who have signed a petition urging the government not to sell off valuable forests all over the British Isles.

Model/actress Lily Cole, artist Tracey Emin, actress Gillian Anderson, Richard E Grant and designer Dame Vivienne Westwood are also fighting the proposal to keep the lands public and away from private owners.

The campaign is an initiative by conservationists at Save England’s Forests.

A bill is currently being debated in Parliament which could allow officials to sell public forest estates to commercial interests.

In part, the petition letter reads, “Our forests nurture countless species of native plants and wildlife. We have relied on them since time immemorial yet we are only a heartbeat in their history.

“We, the undersigned, believe it unconscionable that future generations will no longer enjoy the guarantee of a public forest estate.”