Mary Creagh MP, Labour's Shadow Environment Secretary, responding to reports that the Tory-led government has abandoned plans to dispose of National Nature Reserves, said:
"This is an inevitable u-turn by the Conservative-led Government. These nature reserves are of national importance and should be managed for the benefit of the country as a whole.
"Any organisation taking them on would need to apply for grants to run them, but with no guarantee they would receive funding the charities have, quite rightly, made it clear they aren't interested. I hope the Government will now think again about plans to sell off England's forests as well."