Up to 1,500 people protested in Grizedale Forest in the Lake District on Sunday against government plans to sell off the forests.
Horse riders and bikers joined the protest, pointing out that private ownership would mean they would have no right to use the land.
The rally was organised by Save Lakeland’s Forests. Nearly 40 public forests and woodlands in the district are under threat.
Join 'read-ins' this Saturday
Campaigns against library closures are growing across Britain as activists plan a day of “read-ins” for Saturday.
In Wiveliscombe, Somerset, more than 200 people came to a meeting to save the local library—nearly one in ten of the village’s population.
People were spilling out of the door and listening at the windows outside. On Friday campaigners organised a “mass book-out”.
Prominent authors are planning to join the read-ins on 5 February. For a list see www.alangibbons.net
Thanks to Patricia Rowe
New anti-cuts group in Enfield
A new anti-cuts group was launched last week in Enfield, north London. Around 90 people came to the founding meeting of Enfield Alliance Against the Cuts.
The PCS and Unison unions, Labour Party members, several Labour councillors, Labour council leader Doug Taylor and local Labour MP Andy Love, as well as the Green Party and socialists, were represented.
The meeting elected a steering committee from the different groups.