Letter to Scarborough News – 26th Nov 2015

Our Woods in unsafe hands

It seems prevailing silence from so called ‘Raincliffe Woods community Enterprise’ speaks volumes and is equal only to its utter incompetence and misguided vision.

From the start only a selected sharing of information was initially available strangely focused on Barrowcliffe!  There is in this case however, no comfort in the knowledge that such a large and precious tract of our local landscape is in ‘unsafe hands’ which are not being held to account!

Our lovely woodland fringe and wildlife corridor is at risk!

It stretches from Stepney Bank Farm, alongside the Wireless Station becoming a leafy backdrop to  the cemetery and hospital then to Throxenby Mere then flanking Low Road before the picturesque  ‘Forge Valley’ to East Ayton!   What wider consultation has taken place to justify such large scale invasive operations on such a significant and delightful piece of our natural heritage?

Meanwhile, the first effects of this ongoing menace are being felt by regular visitors to the wood, this is apparently just the beginning!

Up on the high ridge that boarders precious farmland native pine trees were planted to prevent soil erosion and land slip.  They are ‘felling to waste’ all along this ridge – this means felling many beautiful trees and leaving the debris on the ground!  How can this be justified?  It seems that RWCE is bad news for the countryside and for this town with much of its agenda shrouded in mystery and the so called ‘board of directors’ somewhat difficult to access!

This town deserves better, perhaps the council will take back their duty of custodianship of the precious local resource as a matter of urgency before more irreparable damage is done.

To attempt to redress the information imbalance the public are invited to view the ‘Save Raincliffe Woods’ website at – www.saveraincliffewoods.co.uk and also join in our Facebook debate!

This large scale machinery back next year and beyond!  NO!


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Jayne Anne Strutt
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