A mixed bag for the South West’s veteran trees
We received good news this month that Bristol City Council has refused an application for four houses next to our Bishop’s Knoll site. The development would have harmed our site, including damaging the roots of a valuable veteran oak and causing long term damage.
Over in Cheltenham, an application for 90 houses has been approved. Seven special trees were set to be felled, but after we and others campaigned against the plans, they were revised. Four veteran trees are now safe from felling – although their roots will still be impacted by the housing build – and we are still concerned for the loss of a veteran tree and two ancient trees.
We were alerted last minute to an application for a 44 hectare housing development in Almondsbury, Gloucestershire. This affected the ancient Haw Wood and destroyed veteran trees, so we sent an eleventh hour email to the planning committee asking it to protect the woods and trees. Unfortunately the application was still approved.
Hope for the future
A case with more hope is a proposal for 68 holiday lodges in ancient woodland at Bulbury Woods Golf Course in Poole. Armed with the new policy wording, we have strongly objected - the lodges will significantly impact the whole habitat and clearly aren't a wholly exceptional case.
You can help
Do you live in Wales and have a keen eye for threats? We’re looking for Threat Detectors across Wales to help us defend ancient woods and trees. A Threat Detector played a pivotal role in one of our objections above, so you really can make a difference!