Inquiry live – day two

More news from Day Two:

“Day two of the inquiry covered a further two witnesses for Gallagher; giving evidence on arboriculture and archaeology.

The morning was spent listening to the evidence from the Arboricultural witness.  During this session various topics were covered. These subjects included the value of Sweet Chestnut, Landscape Assessment with regards to arboriculture and many other matters. The Planning Inspector asked many probing questions. One question I found fascinating was regarding whether Sweet Chestnut could be classed as an Honorary Native due to the length of time it has been present in the country.Oaken-Wood

In the afternoon there was a great deal of intellectual debate regarding Oaken Wood, Cattering Wood and Blaise Wood (at Blaise Quarry).  There was a very high level debate regarding the soil horizons within the woods and the pollen and seed composition of those soils.  I personally felt that some of this evidence seemed quite inconclusive – we will see.

 Also covered was historical mapping of Oaken Wood as well as various other matters such as archaeological features on site.  The historical mapping was for me one of the most interesting elements of this witness’s evidence.  So frequently the Woodland Trust provides advice on how to identify ancient woodland through mapping history.  It was great to see a map from 1596 that had so much detail and clearly showed Oaken Wood; then called East Malling Wood.

Throughout the day both witnesses did agree with our barrister that the site is ancient woodland, specifically PAWS.

Tomorrow we will be covering the ecology of Oaken Wood. Barring any problems and if we keep to schedule we will move onto the socio-economic case for the quarry in the afternoon.

We will keep you posted!”

Katharine Rist, Campaigner – Ancient Woodland

Stay in touch with us at the Inquiry by ‘following’ Woodland Matters and watching this link. You can read more blogs from Katharine here.

Advertisements

About Kaye Brennan

Senior Campaigner (Policy & Advocacy) for the Woodland Trust and Administrator, 'Woodland Matters' blog
This entry was posted in Climate Change and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Inquiry live – day two

  1. Pingback: Inquiry live – day eight (and seven) | Woodland Matters

  2. Pingback: Inquiry live – day three | Woodland Matters

Sorry, comments are closed as we have moved to a new site: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blogs/woodland-trust/

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s