The Woodland Trust have written to the County Council to formally object to plans for gravel extraction north of Bengeo.

As the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity, the Trust aims to protect native woods,
trees and their wildlife for the future.

In their letter to the council, they state: “… the Trust objects to the planning application on the basis of damage to St John’s Wood, an area of ancient woodland adjacent to the proposed extraction site. We will maintain our objection until the applicant commits to affording the ancient woodland appropriate protection from indirect impacts through the implementation of a 100m buffer. We consider that the proposals in their current form would have unacceptable impact on the ancient woodland and therefore contravene both local and national planning policy.

» Read the full letter here