From a Correspondent:
Plant a Tree for the Queen’s Jubilee
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Profits are good if you destroy a Wood!
The Queen’s Green Canopy is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee.” It focuses on encouraging sustainable planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the Nation, which will benefit future generations and assist our climate crisis.
However, it isn’t surprising that Burrington Estates at Winslade Park, Clyst St Mary are not amongst the numerous listed corporate supporters of this environmental incentive that stretches throughout the length and breadth of the UK, because during recent weekends in March and continuing into the first two weeks of April 2022, incessant noise from bulldozers and accompanying chainsaws have drowned out the birdsong from the native species that have made their homes in the many diverse, individual trees, copses and extensive hedgerows that have for many years enhanced this Winslade Park area.
These trees and hedgerows are alive at this time of year with countless common, native bird species, alongside rarer families of woodpeckers, jays, bullfinches, goldfinches, predatory hawks, buzzards and nocturnal varieties of owls – but because tree felling, lopping, crowning and razing trees to the ground is not conducive to the nesting season, we have national environmental laws in place at this time of year to protect our wildlife against any decimation of trees and hedgerows.
The Developers will, no doubt, defend themselves that all trees felled and hedgerows obliterated were either storm damaged, past their best or required considerable thinning, lopping, crowning or felling to improve their overall welfare!
To safeguard and redeem their reputation, Developers will justify, vindicate and absolve themselves that the trees’ and hedgerows’ demise had nothing to do with the fact that they want to clear huge swathes of land for developmental purposes! These trees and hedgerows were standing in the way and preventing economic progress (not to mention the Developers’ expected sizeable, personal profits from this development) – therefore, that must be the legitimate reason for the demise of so many mature species?
This is all at a time when the Developers are awaiting a planning decision for their application (21/2217/MRES) for three apartment blocks containing 40 approximately 15 metre-high flats (equivalent to 4.5-storeys), an elevated access road and 74 parking spaces adjoining existing residents’ garden boundaries, that have caused such staggering anxieties in this rural village for those who will be overlooked from the higher levels of this incongruous development.
Moreover, this is happening at the same time as East Devon District Council is advancing their policy-making within the new Draft East Devon Development Plan to 2040, where the Council’s Strategic Planning Committee has ‘lambasted’ Developers who destroy trees and woodland and the natural environment in pursuance of development!
In the words of Queen Elizabeth II’s great-great grandmother – Queen Victoria –
“We are not amused!”