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Government's woodlands sale to include Cannock Chase?

BBC Midlands Today reporter Bob Hockenhull visited Cannock Chase in south Staffordshire.

Government plans to sell off 100,000 acres of Forestry Commission land in the UK have been met with concerns over the future of our forests.

Although it is not yet clear which woodlands will go under the hammer, parts of Cannock Chase in south Staffordshire could be sold.

Forest workers fear a sell off will lead to poorly managed trees and habitat.

They also say that it might lead to less public access.

The Government claims that the plans are still at the consultation stage.

But if they go through as they stand, it would amount to the biggest sale of public land for nearly 60 years.

Internet campaigns

Members of the public are using the internet to oppose the plans.

In Staffordshire, Save Cannock Chase hopes to galvanise support with background information about the proposed sell off and links to an online petition and other campaigns hosted on the social media sites Twitter and Facebook.

Cannock Chase is the country's smallest designated area of outstanding national beauty.

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