Dismay over country park

I am writing to you to express my dismay and sadness at the ongoing devastation to the country park.

I walk up the park every over day and have witnessed the destruction of the natural habitat at an alarming rate over the last few weeks.

The area where all the gorse has been removed used to provide shelter on windy, wet days for people, pets and wildlife alike and I have to question whether those making the decision’s on the park’s management have ever walked up there on a winter’s day.

Trees have been removed along with the gorse and my companions and I noticed that the bird song has also disappeared along with them.

The signs say that the plan is to plant heather as a replacement, I wonder if the council could tell us, through your paper, how this will benefit the park, bearing in mind the cliff erosion problems that exist.

I would also question whether visitors to the park should be asked to pay the £2 fee to park while these works are in progress, who would want to pay £2 to visit an area that looks like a scene from a World War One movie?

In contrast, I would like to thank the volunteers who manage St Helen’s Woods, which is managed with sensitivity, allowing the natural habitat to thrive and making the area a beautiful, peaceful place to walk.

Thank goodness that is not owned by the council.

Sarah Russel

Birch Way


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