Dismay as treasured Jubilee hedgerow chopped to make approach for park and trip

A Morris dancer who performs the standard Inexperienced Man function was upset when a hedge he planted to commemorate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee was lower down simply earlier than HRH’s Platinum celebrations.

And he fears that much more treasured wildlife-rich hedges and woods round Eynsham will quickly be chopped again as the realm undergoes main improvement.

Former cub scout chief Derek Malin stated 75 to 80 yards of hedgerow on Cuckoo Lane has been lower down with chainsaws to clear the best way for the Eynsham park and trip.

He planted the hedge with the cubs to have a good time the jubilee of 1977.

He stated: “It was a blended hedge of raised briars, canine roses, subject roses and blackthorn with three or 4 cherry bushes in entrance of it and within the gaps. There are nonetheless two cherry bushes which they did go away beside the gate however now there’s solely about 20 yards of hedge.

“Me and the cubs planted it on my late father’s smallholding to switch the elm bushes which all had Dutch Elm illness within the 70s.”

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He stated he was dismayed when he got here throughout the employees finishing up the clearance.

“It was actually simply eight days earlier than the Jubilee financial institution vacation weekend. As I turned up on the farm the chainsaw was simply bringing down the final one.”

Mr Malin stated he rang the land agent “and he or she didn’t know something about it”.

On the recommendation of a pal, he tried the council planning division and left a message as nobody was out there.

He then spoke to somebody in Enviroment and Planning.

“They stated they didn’t know something about it and they’d get again to me. They stated they had been disgusted they’d not been instructed. However they rang again later and stated the council had permission and there was no threat to nesting birds and wildlife and there had been somebody on web site to cease it if needed.”

Mr Malin, who has lived in Eynsham since 1960, stated he regarded the land as “a part of my rising up”.

“It was upsetting as my late father farmed the land which he rented from the council. My mom used to make jams and issues from the hedgerows and my daughter lives within the farmhouse and he or she’s disgusted as we weren’t instructed and it is modified their view.”

The 850-space park and trip, on the A40 eastbound, will probably be served by bus providers to and from Eynsham, Witney and Carterton in addition to excessive frequency providers to locations in and round Oxford. 

However Mr Malin stated he fears this in addition to the development of the 2,200 house Salt Cross Backyard Village north of the A40 close to Eynsham will result in but extra destruction of nature.

He stated: “This type of factor is going to worsen. It’s going to be horrible that this stuff are being destroyed for this so-called backyard village.

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“The Eynsham Millennium Wooden, which was planted to mark the millennium, they’ve taken some bushes out of there.

“It is distressing. Some individuals have family members’ ashes scattered there.”

A spokesperson for Oxfordshire County Council stated: “One of many planning situations for the authorised park and trip scheme was the requirement for archaeological investigation work, which included digging trial trenches.

“This work, sadly, required removing of some vegetation.

“Removing of vegetation is simply undertaken the place completely needed and we’re very sorry that this has brought about misery on this event.

“The brand new park and trip will embody vital tree planting all through the location. The scheme will present an total 5 per cent biodiversity internet achieve, that means any lack of biodiversity on account of this venture will finally get replaced and supplemented.”




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