Friday, December 11, 2009

Does coppicing promote biodiversity? Officials say yes, neighbors say "NO!"; Bexley, Kent, UK

Bexley Times - Residents fear forest devastation:
ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners claim a stay of execution was granted to an ancient woodland facing 'savage' devastation.

Residents near Bexley Park Wood were so alarmed by the council's plans to coppice large swaths of the ancient wood that they formed a lobby group, winning a promise from council bosses to delay the project for one year.

In the latest meeting, members of Friends of Bexley Park Ancient Woods (FOBPAW) met with environmental officers on Monday at Bexley's Railway Tavern to try and safeguard the site's long-term future.

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