Wood campaigners’ efforts raised in Commons - The Evesham Observer

Wood campaigners’ efforts raised in Commons

Evesham Editorial 1st Mar, 2020   0

A MAJOR campaign to protect ancient woodlands to help improve the natural environment and reduce carbon emissions was raised in the House of Commons by Pershore MP Harriett Baldwin.

The MP raised the ‘Save Tiddesley Wood’ campaign during questions to housing minister Chris Pincher in the chamber on Monday (February 24)

Campaigners have launched an impassioned plea for local people to add their voices to the fight to protect the 6,000-year-old woodland.

Despite numerous attempts being rejected by planners to build on the existing dwelling on Orchard Farm, Defford Road over the past 13 years, the site is now earmarked in the SWDP for a residential estate of 450 houses combined with neighbouring fields which run from Holloway along the top of existing developments in Three Springs Road down to Tiddesley Wood creating a total of 552 new homes for Pershore.

Mrs Baldwin has offered her support to campaigners who are seeking to protect ancient woodland which is threatened by the major housing development scheme on the edge of Pershore

Mr Pincher agreed with Harriett there was a need to protect green spaces and maintain our ancient woodlands to ensure we can live in a beautiful environment.

“Our net zero carbon emission ambition will need us to plant many new trees, but I have been keen to make the point that we must also protect our ancient woodlands too,” Mrs Baldwin said.

“Green spaces are good for us and good for the environment and I am glad the Housing Minister also recognises this important point too.

“The Tiddesley Wood planning application has caused extensive local concern and I am eager to press for the need to protect this land, and guarantee a quarter mile protection zone where developers can’t intrude on this much-loved wooded area,” she added.

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