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Call of the Wilderness

activists squat outdoor centre in forest of dean

Here's one we missed – although the fight's still going strong.

The Wilderness centre in Mitcheldean in the Forest of Dean was taken by activists back in January after budget cuts forced it to close in August last year.

The disused outdoor pursuits centre (which the council was planning to flog off for a quick buck) now features regular skillshare workshops on subjects as diverse as wild food foraging, woodland crafts, herbal medicine, organic food growing, yoga, singing, bender making, knot tying, chi/qi gong and weaving yer own underwear out of nettles (honest!).

Campaign group Reclaim the Fields held a two day gathering at the centre, resisting an injunction which Gloucestershire County Council had gained just a few days before. Over 60 people attended and no eviction took place.

A separate group Protect the Wilderness Centre is now in negotiations to actually buy the place.

There's a call out for more folk to get involved so to find out more:




The Wilderness Centre, Mitcheldean, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, GL17 0HA

There are 3 comments on this story...
Added By: Anarchiste - 6th April 2012 @ 12:06 AM
You don't like it that I was in the Forest of Dean do you?
Added By: Thom Forester - 19th April 2012 @ 2:49 PM
Our joke of a "court hearing" http://www.demotix.com/news/1161421/forest-dean-activists-refused-access-court-hearing-bristol/

This is FAR from over.

Oh, and the "friends of the wilderness" are a "campaign group" and it's them trying to buy it... NOT US!

We already own it... don't we?!?!?!

Added By: Jeremiah - 19th July 2012 @ 5:45 AM
Mass movements of young ppleoe hinged around seriously disputed conjectures about the possible impact of CO2 on the climate system are not an attractive sight. It is alarming for the youngsters to believe in what they have been led to believe is beyond dispute. It is alarming for society as a whole to see so much policy being pushed with such confidence when there has not been any observational evidence of weather, or weather-related phenomena, to suggest that anything unusual has been happening to temperatures, precipitation, storm intensities and frequencies, etc etc. The rising levels of CO2 still leave that gas as an extremely minor constituent of the atmosphere, and even a further doubling or trebling of those levels will not change that. The radiative properties of CO2 are not in dispute. What is in dispute is whether or not their increased impact will even be reliably detectable in the swirl of climate variations due to innumerable other factors. I see no grounds for undue concern at this stage. A further doubling of CO2 levels seems inexorable at present, and so far there is no indication whatsoever that we will notice an impact of that except perhaps a further greening of our planet as plantlife gets a a little boost. There are better and more important things for our young ppleoe to be concerned with than this gas.
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