The Friends of Thetford Forest wanted to know what the candidates in the constituencies in, or around, Thetford Forest standing for Parliament in the 2015 General Election think about your forests, and how they would protect them for the nation in perpetuity. To answer this, we sent the candidates the following letter:
Dear Parliamentary Candidate,
Friends of Thetford Forest (FoTF) is an independent organisation dedicated to increasing community involvement in Thetford Forest. It has twenty years experience of working closely with the Forestry Commission (FC), bringing volunteers and external funding to many conservation and heritage projects within the forest.
If you’d like to discover more about its work, please visit the web-site www.fotf.org.uk
When the proposed sell-off of the Public Forest Estate (PFE) was announced in late 2010 FoTF played a prominent part regionally and nationally in campaigning for the sale to be halted. The then Secretary of State for the Environment, Caroline Spelman, set up an Independent Panel on Forestry (IPF) to report on Forestry Policy in England. The IPF’s report was published in July 2012 and widely welcomed by those with an interest in the PFE and accepted by the Government in its official response in January 2013.
Since then, FoTF has continued to actively seek to influence the future of the PFE, attending many national stakeholder events in addition to meetings with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Forestry Commission.
As a candidate for a constituency that includes or is close to Thetford Forest, your opinion on the future of the PFE, including support for legislation and full funding, is very important to FoTF.
It will publish received responses to the questions below on its website so that local people can make up their own minds about which Party would properly protect our publicly-owned forests. Any responses will be published unedited.
Please would you respond to the following questions:
We look forward to your reply.
Friends of Thetford Forest
If you would like to do the same below are the contact details for the local candidates. Simply click on the candidates name to start an email to them.
|South West Norfolk||West Suffolk|
|Elizabeth Truss MP||Conservative||Matthew Hancock MP||Conservative|
|Peter Smith||Labour||Michael Jefferys||Labour|
|Rupert Moss-Eccardt||LibDem||Elfreda Tealby-Watson||LibDem|
|Paul Smythe||UKIP||Julian Flood||UKIP|
|Sandra Walmsley||Green||Niall Pettitt||Green|
|Mid Norfolk||Bury St. Edmunds|
|George Freeman MP||Conservative||Johanna Churchill||Conservative|
|Harry Clarke||Labour||William Edwards||Labour|
|Paul Speed||LibDem||David Chappell||LibDem|
|Anna Coke||UKIP||John Howlett||UKIP|
|Simeon Jackson||Green||Helen Geake||Green|
You can see the responses here