SIR – The everlasting closure of the very fashionable, pleasant and well-screened on-Forest Tenting within the Forest (CITF) campsites, proposed by the Commoners Defence Affiliation (CDA) and sadly supported by the verderers (A&T, 4th June), is each troubling and short-sighted.
Resulting from Covid, these websites have been closed quickly and the CDA now desires to take again the grazing that they “misplaced” when these websites have been opened. Why ought to this be a good suggestion when it’s clear how a lot the Forest is already over-grazed? When is the final time you noticed a wild flower within the grazed areas or perhaps a brand new sapling?
I moved to the Forest from a very fashionable Kent village which, through the years, has tailored to stay in steadiness with its reputation. As a Forest resident I don’t need to see the Forest overrun with vacationers any greater than the following man however, maintain on, our guests are essential to us each in financial and, sure, in cultural phrases as properly.
The love of the Forest is not only the purview of those that stay or run animals there, and those that love and respect it however don’t stay there far outnumber those that are resident.
The purpose is that we needs to be working collectively tougher than ever in these pressurised instances to realize a smart steadiness between the pursuits of tourists, residents and commoners alike.
The lasting reputation of the Forest and the campsites inside it’s each a profit and a curse; if the CDA and verderers have their approach they may take away what they see as a curse and the profit will certainly disappear simply as swiftly – then the place would we be?
Dr C. J. Harris,