Save Sherwood Forest and the UK Solar Industry

7 January 2017

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For those of you that can spare a moment to respond to an online petition, we have two petitions for you this month.

1.Protect Sherwood Forest

Sherwood forest, home to ancient trees, rare wildlife and Robin Hood is in danger. A huge energy company, Ineos, is trying to get permission to explore underneath it for gas. Britain's most famous woodland could soon be filled with lorries, heavy machinery and explosions.

A government agency, called the Forestry Commission, can decide whether to let the energy company into the forest. They manage all the forests in the UK and are supposed to protect them. They know the risks of letting Ineos into Sherwood - but are probably coming under pressure to let the deal go ahead.

The deal could be signed any day now. A huge public outcry could give the Forestry Commission the push they need to stand up to Ineos and protect our ancient forest.

Can you sign the petition to protect Sherwood Forest before it's too late?

2. Stop the Attack on the UK Solar Industry

It's been revealed that the government could allow a huge new tax hike to be inflicted on the industry, one that could leave businesses and schools that install solar panels with a 6-8 times higher business rates tax bill.

Industry experts are raising the alarm that such a sudden and huge tax rise would prove catastrophic for swathes of UK solar firms. That's why it's vital we speak up now, before the changes are approved in early 2017.