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Thread: Government plans to sell the Forestry Commission

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    Government plans to sell the Forestry Commission
    A STRING of state-owned household names including the Met Office, mapmaker Ordnance Survey and the Forestry Commission, are being prepared for sale by the government in the next two years to raise cash for the stretched public purse.
    I wonder who will buy the FC and what the possible outcomes are for people stalking on FC land?

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    It's highly unlikely that any contracts current at the time would be broken and they would run their course, however it is highly likely that ongoing arrangements would be subject to review.

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    there is also talk of the FC leasing upto a third of it's Scottish ground to the private sector....the two stories are no doubt linked but it would appear that the FC is about to undergo a serious shake-up

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    My god what a country we live in we won't own a damn thing what is the government thinking?
    We are just been sold down the river at every opportunity
    If all the resources had not been sold off for a quick buck it could still have been such a great place doesn't it make you guys sad and angry all at once because it certainly does me

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    I've mixed feelings re the FC. They excel at some things but can also be totally inept at times.Not sure how the stalking lets will fair but who knows, it could provide more opportunities for some lads.

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    I know for a fact they have just sold off a piece of forestry to a local estate, it was only a couple of months ago they were wanting to buy my mates farm. How time change.


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    We have a lot of underprivileged people moving in to the country from the eastern block afghanistan Iraq etc and how are we to fund them with out selling our resources and then buying them from the same eastern block countries and oil from Iraq etc.Do you lot care about the under privileged from across the water i mean150 billion pounds was sent back to India and Pakistan last year that will help there fast growing economies are you not proud of this fact.

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    I know - from a good source that they are already selling any 'surplus' land...

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    FC are currently being instructed to sell off ALL major surplus plantations in Scotland and move their interest into peri-urban woodlands. The aim is to make all FC land avaialble to the masses to enhance their wellbeing either through walking, cycling or just enjoying walks in the forest. This brings with it problems with deer (and other wildlife) management. At present with these woodlands in and around built up areas the deer are being subjected to huge amounts of cruelty. They are being chased by dogs, stoned, shot with air rifles and crossbows. There has even been a case of deer being caught in pits which have been dug just for that purpose!!! ............ Oh and the local council don't want stalkers brought in because - "oh, you can't shoot bambi"

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    I see it like this, the FC have to pay for rangers to manage deer including pensions, NI, Tax, vehicles, firearms, RTA call out service, buildings, offices, larders, tied cottages etc which adds up to a massive overhead that they would expect to recover from the sale of venison and guided stalking. Setting up a contract with Bestwicks was not a good move and stalking is really expensive..... just ask Peter Pursglove.

    Now why not have a strategy that allows you and me to manage the deer for them, after all were just as well qualified for the job, there is no overhead and bugger me, we even pay for it. Saving!!!!!

    Now is that cool or what?

    Radical it might well be but rest assured it aint that far off in the future. For all you FC rangers out there you have my respect as stalkers and sympathy but take the opportunity to retrain for other work... your gonna need it.

    Remember you heard it here first.


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