In June this year we ran a campaign around the Spending Review, creating special ‘bank notes’ to act as a reminder to the Treasury of the value for money that trees, woods and forests offer… especially in these difficult economic times.
Over 5,000 notes were sent to Danny Alexander MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, in just 14 days! Thank You! We know your notes made an impression on the Treasury, and on the back of our campaign we were able to arrange a site visit with Danny to one of the Trust’s woods in his constituency and show him what we do and why woods matter on the ground, if you’ll pardon the pun.
During this visit Danny recorded this personal message to you:
I’m sure that you, like us, are pleased to hear such clear recognition of the value of woods and trees! It’s extremely encouraging too to hear a senior Cabinet Minister directly acknowledging the importance of trees and woods when it comes to health and wellbeing. This is further than we feel the Treasury has gone in the past, and is very welcome. What would you like to see us do in order to build on this recognition and growing awareness?
It’s not all positive though. Resources need to catch up with this recognition. We expressed this to Danny as well as our disappointment at the 10% cut DEFRA’s settlement received in the spending round. We don’t know how it will allocate its overall budget for 2015-2016 as yet, and it is vital to see fair and sustainable funding for forests.
The strength of your actions led us to host Danny at Drumandrochit. What do you think to Danny’s message?