I feel impelled to once again write about Raincliffe Woods, responding to last week’s article in the Scarborough News by Mr Simon Bowers.
Some of his comments sadly fall well short of what one would expect of a professional in any field of expertise worthy of respect. Mr Bowers seeks the moral high ground by declaring he is some sort of ‘victim’ then goes on to glibly dismiss all other opinions as rubbish.
It seems that public opinion still does not account for much even though these matters concern public woodland. However, perhaps the ground-swell of support for the ‘Save Raincliffe Woods’ campaign is eventually beginning to register, that these issues are now; albeit belatedly, being addressed.
From the public perspective his ‘expertise’ might seem a little hollow upon their encountering the consequences of these operations, which will take not just years but generations to show any theoretical benefit.
As a mere country loving and gardening member of the public I must ask, how can tiny saplings even begin to form a sufficient root-base to absorb run-off and secure the escarpment? The felled mature, healthy coniferous specimens are actually proven to more quickly absorb runoff, as per a well documented ‘European Environment Agency’ study, which I will be glad to share with Mr. Bowers.
There is also concern about the introduction of disease into these woods, may I remind Mr Bowers that the spores that carry disease are more likely to enter this healthy wood on the very machinery his team are using.
Perhaps experts should also condescend to consider how ordinary mortals are affected by these operations!
Further, as to be labelled ‘selfish’ and ‘short sighted’ for simply caring about what happens to our environment here and now, this amounts to an attack in itself and does seem somewhat less than magnanimous from a professional expert in any field. Incidentally some respondents on Facebook have indeed been banned form the Save Raincliffe Woods page for offensive, abusive and aggressive attacks on the reasonable majority of supporters