When I read, yet again, another threat to our Ancient Woodland and the plan to tear it down to make room for housing development, I felt my heart sink. I am no ‘leftie’ or ‘hippy’ by any accounts, as is often labelled to those who pay any interest in nature these day, but I do feel very strongly about the loss of our heritage, and I am not just talking about our natural heritage.
However, to forget your history and ignore your heritage, something Great Britain has long fought and braved hardship for, is something that cannot be applauded.
To decimate our Ancient woodland to make way for housing is not only destructive to the natural landscape, but also destructive to our heritage - it is not in history books alone that our rich past is written, but in the landscapes that experienced it. If you don't understand how this can offer a negative impact to the future of GB and its history, I feel sorry for you, for you are truly lacking in a level of understanding of this great country & natural world we live in. It's not just about keeping our green spaces, but keeping our true roots, as it where, in a society that is currently battling to do so.
I fully understand that many organisations are taking a positive approach, where they replant many new trees per old tree felled, and I get this, I do.
But Ancient Woodland is different.
I also fully understand that the world evolves; things change and sacrifices need to be made for the benefit of a positive ‘proposed’ future.
The destruction of Ancient Woodland is different.
Would we look to burn and destroy all books and all written accounts of our history to make way for new publications in a library? Would we look to burn and get rid of all artefacts, a rich tapestry to understanding our past, to make way for new technologies to be showcased in museums? Or would we try to seek room elsewhere, and maybe look to determine a way of accommodating the new, without compromising the old?
You may argue that my reasoning is naïve and does not fit within the ethos for evolution, change, and regeneration needed to further our development as a species. That it does not fit within the debate that things need to change, and social problems need to be addressed. I disagree.
To be honest, these days I no longer trust what I read in the press, and take many a news story with a pinch of salt. It may all be that this is just another storm in a teacup, but I wished to present you with my thoughts nonetheless, and maybe provide another area for thought in response to the recent stories in the media.
There are petitions going around in retaliation to the recent proposal to destroy areas of Ancient Woodland for further development and I encourage you to read such articles, form a nonbiased opinion, and sign the petition in opposition, should you wish.