A front-page article in this week’s issue of The Forest Journal (dated 1 October 2015) reports on continuing concerns about the “restoration” projects being carried out by the Forestry Commission, who are holding a public exhibition in Hyde on 6 October to display material assembled by their agents, LUC, to accompany the planning application for engineering works at Latchmore Brook.
At the Verderers’ Court on 16 September, Elizabeth Potter, a resident at Ogdens, made a Presentment on the destructive and dangerous nature of a recent “stream restoration” at Broomy – in the Inclosure and just outside it (see posts dated 11 August, 26 July, 20 July and 24 June).
The re-scheduled exhibition (see post dated 6 June, updated 16 June) organised by Land Use Consultants (agents of the Forestry Commission) is to be held on Tuesday 6 October from 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m in the Church Community Centre, Hyde. At this exhibition LUC will show us the surveys and other information which will be included in the Environmental Statement accompanying the planning application for the engineering works at Latchmore. This is our last opportunity to comment on the ES, so please go along and make your views known to them – or to us, so that we can pass them on.
John Shepherd returned to the Forest to give a presentation to the NF Consultative Panel meeting at Brockenhurst on Thursday. You can view the slides he used by clicking the link below. A copy of the slides has also been sent to the Board of Natural England: we await developments…
Friends of Latchmore have written to the National Park Authority again, drawing attention to our questions relating to the stream “restoration” projects which remain unanswered and especially to our concern that the preparation of the Environmental Impact Assessment for Latchmore continues without having resolved the many outstanding issues which FoL have raised regarding the hydrology of this stream. As yet we have not received a reply to this letter.
An article published in The Lymington Times dated 8 August reports on Beryl Bull’s Presentment to the Verderers’ Court on 15 July claiming that the timing and manner in which the Forestry Commission carried out the recent stream “restoration” in Broomy Inclosure breached conditions of the Planning Permission.
An editorial in The Forest Journal on 23 July 2015 reports on Presentments made by John Fryer and Beryl Bull to the Verderers’ Court on 15 July (see below) regarding the Forestry Commission’s widespread stream “restoration” works in the New Forest.
Presentments were made to the Verderers’ Court on 15 July by John Fryer and Beryl Bull. Both Presentments call on the Verderers to exercise their right and duty to protect the New Forest from the destructive engineering works associated with the stream “restoration” projects.
An updated list of recorded sightings from 2011 to 2015, a total of 77 species, is available now – please click here.
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.