Thursday 19 October 2017

We must protect our woodland heritage

l The prospect of the State selling off Coillte's forestry harvesting rights has provoked anger – and justifiably so. The major sawmills could face closure as a result and public access to our forests might be restricted.

• The prospect of the State selling off Coillte's forestry harvesting rights has provoked anger – and justifiably so. The major sawmills could face closure as a result and public access to our forests might be restricted.

But trees are more than just crops to be harvested like turnips or cabbages. They have been the friends of humankind since remote antiquity. They serve as the lungs of the planet, inhaling carbon dioxide and exhaling pure oxygen.

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