National Trust too ready to bail out government

The National Trust has been far too quick in offering to take over the forests which government hopes to sell (Guardian front page, 29 Jan). It should only be willing to do this if government will give it the money it needs to manage these forests, for the public benefit, in perpetuity. Why should NT members and others pay for something which should be provided by the state? And of course government won’t provide this money because, unless there was to be a substantial saving, it wouldn’t be selling the land in the first place. The NT should hold hard—the strength of public opposition is such that the government just might have to back down on its pernicious plans.

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I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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