A letter in this week’s Lymington Times raises the subject of Natural England’s continuing support of stream “restoration” in the New Forest (Natural England justify these engineering works on the grounds that they are “necessary for the management of the site”). The writer, Tom Langton, an independent conservation ecologist, is the author of a report produced in May 2013 on the management of the New Forest with particular reference to the proposed engineering works at Latchmore Brook.
Another New Forest stream, this time in the western corner of Broomy Inclosure, has been “restored” by the Forestry Commission.
In May 2015 remedial work was carried out on a previous “restoration” undertaken in 2012.
Recent alterations to the streams at Ditchend (see post dated 26 July 2014) and now at Broomy raise worrying questions about the likely future appearance of Latchmore Brook if Planning Permission is granted for the proposed works to be carried out.
Update, 16 June 2015
The exhibition has been postponed by LUC so that they are able to carry out additional surveys on Southern Damselfly and bats and to complete their surveys on traffic and archaeology. It is likely to be re-scheduled for September. In the meantime, proposed “restoration” works to be carried out in Studley Wood have been postponed too: this wood is in the Latchmore catchment and should (and will) be included in the EIA for Latchmore.
Posted 6 June 2015
On Wednesday 8 July, in the Church Rooms, Hyde, there will be a public exhibition of the information gathered for the Environmental Impact Assessment for Latchmore Brook. The exhibition will be organised by Land Use Consultants (the Forestry Commission’s agents) and the EIA will accompany the Planning Application by the Forestry Commission to carry out “restoration” of the stream.
Please put the date in your diary and go along if you can – opening hours will be added to this post when we know them.
The Forestry Commission’s agents, Land Use Consultants, are carrying out a recreation survey to help them complete the Environmental Impact Assessment which will accompany the application for Planning Permission to undertake the proposed works at Latchmore. They have asked members of the public to participate.
This is an important opportunity for us all – both the local community and visitors from further afield – to record our recreational use of this unique and beautiful area and show how much we value it. Please complete their short survey and accompanying map and return it to them by Friday 5 June. If you need paper copies of the documents, please email us at email@example.com .
Postscript, 19 May
Land Use Consultants have now supplied the questionnaire in MS Word format, which can be completed online and emailed to the address at the foot of the form. Due to OS copyright regulations, the map still has to be annotated by hand if you wish to do so, and returned by post.
Another proposed Forestry Commission “restoration”, this time at Pondhead, near Lyndhurst, is being opposed by residents. Click here for details (at foot of page).
Once again our most recent fund-raising event was a sell-out! The Curry & Quiz evening on 19 February was a lot of fun and we thank all those who came along on the night to support us and those who were unable to join us but sent a donation instead. Your generous support is greatly appreciated.
Although not specifically related to Latchmore, a letter in this week’s Lymington Times raises the interesting question of exactly how the HLSS funds are distributed in the New Forest during the execution of “restoration” projects.
On 17 July 2014 Planning Permission was granted for “restoration” work at North Slufters (see postings dated 24 August) and the work was carried out during the summer and early autumn. To read reports, prepared by Friends of Latchmore, on the work while it was in progress and after completion, click here for ‘The machinery and imported materials’, here for ‘Comparisons before and after works at Lower End’ and here for ‘Was this necessary?’
On Thursday 19 February we are organising a Curry Supper and a Quiz in Hyde Memorial Hall, starting at 7 p.m., and we hope you will come and support us. Tickets available now.
A letter in The Lymington Times dated 25 October calls for a more responsible attitude by the government organisations which continue to approve EU-funded schemes involving major engineering works in protected environments (such as stream “restoration” in the New Forest), while completely disregarding very strong public opposition to the works.