"You can understand why this Government would think 'why does the state need to be in charge of growing trees', because there are lots of people who make a living from growing trees.
"But the Forestry Commission does more than just grow trees. A lot of the work is about looking after nature and landscapes."
"We would be quite relaxed about the idea of some sales, but would be unrelaxed if the wrong bits were up for sale like the New Forest, Forest of Dean or Sherwood Forest, which are incredibly valuable for wildlife and shouldn't be sold off.
"We would look very carefully at what was planned. It would be possible to sell 50 per cent if it was done in the right way."