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We've included a news item about raising money for the UK's Woodland Trust to buy a mountain, forest and some wild land in the North of Scotland. You can read the article here, but I thought I'd add my take to this editorial. Firstly, like nearly all organisations, the Woodland Trust isn't perfect. They have sold plots of land that they have been bequeathed in the past (albeit with caveats on future use and under long term lease) and, as a colleague has asked, would it be so bad if some wealthy buyer turned it into another estate. Well, I don't know is my answer. Not all private estate owners are bad. Most are, I imagine, well-meaning if ineffectual in doing something 'worthwhile' with their land. After all, the reasons to buy the land in the first place are probably 'selfish' (like most purchases) and we shouldn't expect too much more. However, if we want areas of Britain to be held by accountable organisations that have the future health and regeneration of those areas at the forefront of what they do, we're unlikely to get somewhere waiting for government or private enterprise to do something. It is my opinion that it is up to us to back relevant organisations with a long term plan to change the landscape for the better. That's what I'll be doing.
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