THE pick of the letters this week includes the rather unusual topic of dog poo, along with the threat of selling Forestry Commission land.
Each week readers’ letters are published in the Thame Gazette and online, if you want to express your views email firstname.lastname@example.org
Why pick up the poo, then hang it from a bush?
from Alison Gray, address supplied
Not all dog walkers are the same but the vast majority should be ashamed of themselves.
I have two boys, one of whom is two years old. He loves to walk but it leaves me with a sense of dread that at the end of our walk I have to scrape off dog poo from his footwear to say nothing of the bits that have managed to attach onto his trouser legs.
It also surprises me that some weirdos bother to clean up after their dogs using small plastic bags which they then simply hang from a tree branch – these are not pretty little baubles you would like to see on any tree or bush. What are they thinking?.
My older son would dearly love a dog but he has admitted he is not ready to clean up after it yet, and until he is ready the dream will not become a reality.
Speak out about threat to woodland
from Linda Danks, address supplied
Are your readers aware that the government is thinking of selling Forestry Commission land?
Although legislation is in place which means public access cannot be denied where there are public footpaths, this does not mean that the future is secure, as the law can be altered.
There is a petition at email@example.com and you can write to Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, DEFRA, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1 3JR as well as contacting their local MP.
For anyone like myself, my husband and family who have a passion for walking and love the peace and beauty of our woodlands throughout the year, the selling of these magnificent places would be a travesty.
It doesn’t have to be this way
from Paul Noon, general secretary, Prospect union
We all know what the government’s plans to sell off England’s forests to the private sector means – woods will be fenced off, access denied, and the wildlife and flora that depends on the forests for its habitat will suffer.
It won’t be any good for the timber industry either.
The Forestry Commission harvests its timber on a sustainable basis, so stabilising the UK timber market and enabling the Commission to keep down its own costs.
Nor will the private sector have the resources to do the research that the Commission currently carries out in areas like tree diseases and wood growth.
And all this to save a cost to the taxpayer of less than 31p a head!
It doesn’t have to be like this.
On behalf of the forest professionals who care for the nation’s woodlands, we ask you to contact your MP, ask them for their views and ask them to oppose this foolish and damaging measure.