Already once saved from being removed prior to planning permission being granted (despite having a Tree Preservation Order) the tree is still not safe. This natural treasure sits within the boundaries of a development site for luxury flats and is unlikely to survive construction. We have sent in an objection.
Find out more about our work to protect and celebrate our street trees.
A tree-o of successes
And now for the good news. This is becoming quite a regular slot in this monthly blog, which we’re pleased to see!
Plans to extend a Burger King branch in Bristol proposed replacing a mature oak tree with a “green” wall. We’re not sure how it could be that green, if it involves destroying a large oak and its host of benefits! We objected to the application, requesting that the oak tree be retained. The developers listened and amended their plans to ensure the oak tree could remain due to its ‘local significant importance’. A big thank you from us to Burger King, that's the right way!
An application to add an area of ancient woodland to an existing garden in Coventry has been turned down at appeal stage. It is not appropriate for ancient woodland to be incorporated into a garden as recreational use and associated infrastructure such as sheds are likely to result in permanent loss or damage to the ancient wood. These habitats are special places that should be preserved for wildlife and for everyone to enjoy, so this is another happy outcome.
We’ve also heard that Cuttinglye Wood near Crawley Down, West Sussex, is safe from being cut down. A housing development was proposed here that would have resulted in loss and negative impacts on ancient woodland and nearby trees. Thankfully, the application was refused. A failure to adequately consider the impact on protected habitats in the area was cited as one of the reasons for it being refused. That’s what we like to hear!
How you can help
Time is running out for ancient woodland. More than 700 ancient woods are under threat from development right now. This autumn the Government has an ideal opportunity to amend planning policy for ancient woodland and special trees, giving them at least equal protection to our listed buildings. Let the Ministers in charge know you want to see this happen too.