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Government puts sale of public forests on hold

The government has announced it is putting on hold the sale of 15% of England's publicly-owned forests, while it re-examines the conditions under which it can be sold off.

The move follows widespread criticism of proposals by ministers to allow the remaining 85% of England's forests to be leased to private companies, charities and local communities, a plan which ministers insist will still go ahead.

The BBC's Gary O'Donoghue reports.

  • 11 Feb 2011