Help save Smithy Wood

Smithy Wood is irreplaceable. Treasured for many generations, it is a place where people have enjoyed being close to nature and marvelled at its ever changing beauty.

Ancient woodland dates back hundreds of years and is one of our richest wildlife habitats. Smithy Wood is home to important species such as song thrush and bullfinch that are listed as priority species in the UK's Biodiversity Action Plan.

Plans are progressing for a service station that will destroy part of Smithy Wood. We’re working with local people and organisations to do all we can to stop this. We know for instance that there are a number of possible alternatives for the developers, such as a brownfield site they own next door. The development isn’t the only risk and the proposed route of HS2 also threatens part of the wood. We’re working to protect all ancient woods that lie on the proposed route but we must first fight this imminent threat to Smithy Wood.

Smithy Wood means a huge amount to local people and we have been heartened by the support so far, but we need your help. A planning application has now been submitted and the costs are mounting. Help us fight to protect Smithy Wood – it’s going to cost at least £25,000 to provide the expert staff we need to support the community, everything we can raise will help.

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