New reservoir threatens 14ha of Hampshire ancient woodland
A significant area of ancient woodland could be destroyed if new reservoir proposals go ahead in Hampshire.
Credit: Jack Taylor / WTML
The new reservoir site put forward by Portsmouth Water is next to Havant Thicket, a large ancient woodland. This special place forms part of the historic Forest of Bere, which dates back almost a thousand years to 1086. It holds a wealth of fascinating history and important wildlife habitat. But the new reservoir puts this at risk.
Four areas of ancient woodland could face the chop:
- Round Wood
- Middle Clearing
- part of Havant Thicket
- The Avenue – a long stretch of ancient woodland also designated as wood pasture.
This site has been chosen as part of plans to secure future water supply for the South East region. We understand the need to do this, but such sites should not come at the expense of irreplaceable ancient habitat.
Thank you to nearly 1,800 supporters who took part in our recent campaign and voiced their concerns for ancient woodland. By joining our campaign and completing Portsmouth Water’s consultation, you're helping to raise the profile of ancient woodland and ensuring it's a key part of considerations going forward.
We expect that a planning application with further details about the impact on ancient woodland will follow in September 2020. In the meantime, we’ll be engaging with the various stakeholders involved in the project to try and influence and reduce the impact on ancient woodland as much as possible. We’ll keep you updated with any news we hear.