Worried about wood

A recent news item featured a St Albans family scavenging for firewood for heating.

As the price of energy rises – through market forces as well as through climate change regulation – the woods and forests of the United Kingdom will come under great pressure from people looking for firewood.

It would be sensible to figure out what to do about this before it starts happening.  We could quickly end up denuded of woodland (England is already one of the least wooded countries of Europe).

The loss of our woods by this process is quite likely to happen if we are not careful.  Think of the increase in theft of copper wire from essential infrastructure, following rises in copper prices.

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