Last chance to save ancient woodland in Lincolnshire

*UPDATED!*

Forest Pines appeal about to begin!

We’re still fighting to save Broughton Woods, ancient woodland in Lincolnshire which still faces becoming a golf course.  This application threatens to be one of the biggest potential losses of precious ancient woodland that the Trust has come across in recent years – a whopping 82 acres, or 44 football pitches is at risk! Despite the local Council’s decision to reject the plans, this was appealed by the developers and the subsequent legal fight (wasting the Council’s, the community’s and the Trust’s time and resources) begins in earnest this week. 

Planning law stipulates that detailed environmental assessments must be conducted on any development that may affect ancient woodland prior to any application being considered by a planning committee. The statement for the development at Forest Pines golf course is inadequate to say the least, and the document provided to the planning committee does not even properly recognise the environmental issues there are here.

Basically, the statement doesn’t fulfil best practise in some areas; lacks a detailed scope of environmental surveys; the environmental mitigation plan is flawed as it assumes that fragmenting an ancient woodland is acceptable; and worse than this (and that last one is pretty bad), it undervalues ancient woodland.

Proposed mitigation tries to compensate for the fragmentation of a habitat which in essence ceases to exist.  The conservation value of the woodland would be instantly degraded by this, inevitably causing significant detrimental impacts on the wildlife and plant species within the area.

Ancient woodland is irreplaceable having been continually wooded for over 400 years and is our richest habitat for wildlife, including more rare and threatened species than any other UK habitat. They are places of inordinate beauty, reservoirs of evidence for environmental change, archaeology and economic history, and a source of inspiration for local culture and folklore.

The destruction of this ancient woodland would be a massive loss for the local community. The wood is very well used and is an integral part of the beautiful Lincolnshire landscape. In this area of North Lincolnshire, ancient woodland is already rare – in total it represents a quarter of all the ancient woodland remaining in North Lincolnshire. It is extraordinary to contemplate that a loss, direct and indirect, of this magnitude would be accepted… and for all bigger golf course. This development promises to benefit a few golf fans but it will be a huge loss for an entire community and for local conservation.

Ancient woodland is finite and cannot increase, so what remains is precious and irreplaceable. Help us to fight this case! Support the local campaign and follow us on Twitter LIVE from the appeal all this week at www.twitter.com/woodlandtrust.

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17 Responses to Last chance to save ancient woodland in Lincolnshire

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  2. Monty Pines says:

    why destry trees? Build a new Golf Course on the Corus site in scunthorpe? Reuse the wasteland when it closes.

  3. John Kemp says:

    I must have been asleep somewhere to have missed this. I can only apologise for coming late to the fray.
    It is profoundly disturbing to see that this request was even considered. I live in Winterton and with my family have enjoyed Broughton woods for nearly a decade now. The 20 minute drive is worth every second. I have a little background in environmental science and used to regale my children [still do when they are in listening mode] with information about ancient woodlands. The difference between the biodiversity of such rare and beautiful areas, and the more modern plantation woodland is staggering; when studied. Also, the effect of having ancient woodland adjacent to managed woodland is to intensify the beneficial effects of the noble and mature environment in flora and fauna and extend it into the poorer [relatively] managed habitat.
    Golf is a fine sport, no doubt about it. But although golfers are pretty single minded in pursuit of that little ball, all of the ones I know would rather take over farmland than destroy a wood, and ancient wood at that. If an extension is to be pursued, why not pursue it with the farmer that owns the land to the north east of forest pines?

    John Kemp
    Parliamentary Candidate for The Scunthorpe Constituency, on behalf of the UK Independence party

    Ps Please feel free to contact me if in any way I may be able to help.
    john.kemp@nlg.nhs.uk

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  5. At this stage, If you can’t make it to the Inquiry there isn’t much you can do. However we have a good team there and the first day hasn’t gone too badly.

  6. Carrie says:

    sory cna’t get to that meeting today, any other way to help.

  7. Carrie says:

    So what can we do to help. Is there a petition going or someone we can write too?

  8. The Public Inquiry on this application (which was refused by North Lincolnshire Council) starts next Tuesday (18 August) at 10 am. The venue is Pittwood House, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe.

    If you can please come along to the Inquiry and register as an objector

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  10. Paul says:

    It seems that now the planning has been rejected, the owners of Broughton woods have put the woods up for sale.

    Seems to be a case of corporate sour grapes to me.

    Anyway back on subject, it’s also come to light the authorities have “conveniently” lost any record of the woods being placed into trust (for 80 years) for the public to enjoy. So if anyone has any details of this trust arrangement they need to get them out to stop this sale going ahead.

  11. Janice Day says:

    do the keep out signs mean we cant walk uor dogs anymore

  12. Mr P J Drane says:

    They are very few places like Broughton woods in our area!
    I walk my dog in Broughton woods and out of all the other woods Laughton,Twiggmore Broughton is my favourite place to go it is great socially to with a mix of cyclist,dog walkers,local people having an afternoon stroll, runners everyone speaks! I am a golfer too and having played at Forest Pines can’t understand why they would want to expand on their course they already have the biggest course in the area and as there prices are so high it is of no benefit to the local people as a large percentage of people that go there are not local and are people on golf vacations or business jollies, and this tourism is of no use to any of the local businesses as Forest Pines won’t encourage people to leave their bar,restaurants etc.

  13. Mr J Scruton says:

    It is interesting that large sections of the Broughton woods now have “Private Keep Out” notices posted. Does this mean that walkers have been trespassing on private property all these years? Perhaps the Woodland Trust campaign has overstepped the mark?

  14. Mrs J Sutton says:

    Broughton Woods were bequesthed to the Broughton community in a trust to last for 80 years after the death of the benefactor in 1997. The woods were bought for the sole intent for the residents to enjoy access and now look, the trustees are selling the woods from underneath us to a large commercial organisation for the benefit of their leisure facilities. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with obesity statistics surely we should be encouraging more people to access these woodlands to benefit their health. By restricting the access to only ‘those who can afford to play golf’ this is surely a detrimental step. The ramblers organise walks through the woods, their was , until recently, a signposted ‘walkway to health’ (now Private, please keep out signs have appeared) and fungus forays are often held by the conservation groups. Noticeably all the above are free to all who wish to participate!

  15. Mrs A Sayles says:

    I was astounded to learn of this proposal. It would mean the destruction of a beautiful and rare area of ancient woodland. I walk in and enjoy these woods on a daily basis as do many people not just from Broughton and nearby towns and villages. I have met people in the woods from Rotherham, Doncaster and Sheffield. They are widely known. Woodland in North Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire is rare and we should be protecting what is left and not destroy it for the few who want to play golf. This is money talking. These woods are for everyone to enjoy, a golf course is for the few who can afford it. This is comparable to the destruction of the rain forests.

  16. MRS L HURLEY says:

    I have lived in Lincolnshire for over 10 years now & have always enjoyed the amount of woodland that we are so lucky to have on our doorsteps. The wildlife & plantlife that are allowed to roam & grow in all its glory should be left alone for all future generations to enjoy & not be allowed for someone to make a big fat profit at the expense of the local community that use the woods for pleasure & recreation & education. Why do we need to extend a golf course that in the main is not an advantage to the local community of Broughton as few could afford the prices of its membership let alone its refreshment facilities? … It’s about time that the council put a stop to allowing the chopping down of our ever decreassing woodland – that after all assists the enviroment to survive – & put a Protection Order on it, preventing any building of any kind from being permitted.

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