Mixed woodland with steep banks and river flowing through it
May 01 2018

Woods under Threat Detector Network Update May 2018

Welcome to the May Woods under Threat Detector Network update

 

Unusual Woods under Threat Case

Well done to one of Woods under Threat Detectors for alerting us to a planning application in Cumbria that involved ancient woodland growing on an area of limestone pavement. This caused quite a stir in the Campaigning Team as we we couldn’t remember coming across one like this before.

To find out why the limestone pavement habitat is so interesting please click here http://www.lancswt.org.uk/wildlife/habitats/limestone-pavement .

We’ll let you know the outcome of the planning application when it is decided.

 

Updates on the Scottish Planning Bill

Our work on the Scottish Planning Bill currently going through Parliament continues. Together with member organisations of Scottish Environment LINK we are working on influencing MSPs to contribute to a better planning system in Scotland. Thank you to those of you who have signed our e-action and have written to your MSPs with your concerns. The e-action has reached passed the 1000 signatures mark but it’s still live so there is still time to have your say. The next step in the process in a Stage 1 Parliamentary Debate sometime in May. We’ll make sure to keep you updated of our work.

 

Ancient Tree Inventory

You will be pleased to know that the new ancient tree hunt website will go live at the end of the month so you can all start checking it again to see if any precious ancient or veteran trees are affected by development.

 

Have you seen…?

I have been uploading documents onto the Woods under Threat Detector Section of the Whittle Library. 

There are 2 things you might be interested in this month:

The Jargon Buster;  which is great, if like me, you can’t remember all the technical planning terms

Library

and our revamped our leaflet 

Identifying Unmapped Ancient Woodland

Library

You might also find the following articles interesting, click below to find out more

Check out Super Campaigners’ blogs on woods & trees

To make it easier to find the things I will be posting, I will tag them all with the phrase “Woods under Threat Detector”

To find them please use the search box at the top right hand corner of the screen.

And remember to keep checking Whittle regularly as this is where I will post all my newsletters and any new updates to Training Materials, Standard Paragraphs etc.

 

And Finally…

A big “Thank You” for all your hard work and please remember to let me know what you have been getting up to over the past month. It really doesn’t matter how much (or how little) you have managed to do or even if you have not found any problem planning apps during the month, I just need to know so that I can use it when reporting on how amazing the Woods under Threat Detector Network is.

I look forward to hearing from you

 

Sarah Cooley – Campaigning Volunteer Co-ordinator

 

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