A local to Knettishall, East Anglia, has taken it upon themselves to challenge Suffolk Wildlife Trust You can go, I urge you to go, and Like their page at FakeBook: Save the Knettishall Trees.
I know their plan is to create a website. Tree cutting appears to be a wide spread policy as bizarre as it may seem. I might suggest this ‘campaign’ is on a par with fracking. This person is undertaking their own research and coming across the whole ‘environment scam’ agenda, previously unbeknownst to them. This person actually donated funds to STW before they realised the real agenda at play. This is Henry the Knettishall Phooking bird who has lost his friend the tree.
Below is the campaigner’s latest post in the last 24 hours…
There seems to be confusion over what further work SWT will do. Their own information regarding this ranges from “no more tree cutting” to “some tree cutting with volunteers because the funding has run out”, to their official statement describing as follows:
“Looking ahead, we do not propose to undertake any further large scale clear felling of the remaining woodland, as the plan is certainly not to deforest the whole heath, but to create a more diverse and connected landscape. Any future woodland management will likely focus on small-scale glade creation and thinning to further encourage Breck heath plant communities to recover within the grazing enclosure.”
According to the loggers, they will be back next winter. Our own experience with SWT has been that what they tell people is not necessarily what then actually happens. So going by their official statement would seem the most likely scenario.
This statement is also very much in line with SWT’s plan as laid out in their “Vision for the future” brochure, which details a gradual change to open heath in ALL the woodland areas inside the enclosure. The way this will be achieved is by opening up the existing woodland by thinning and glade cutting to change it into wood pasture. The map below, taken from this brochure demonstrates the development as envisaged by SWT and their supporting organizations. Quality is not good, one can’t download brochure or print pages, so I took a photo off the computer.
The map shows the planned result of the restoration work. All areas that are a light green are declared “grazed wood pasture”.
The only areas defined as “permanent woodland”, meaning woodland left to be actual woodland, are colored dark green. These areas of permanent woodland are all outside the enclosure. They will be too small to support woodland species, and they will remain isolated from the woodland areas that lied to the north of Knettishall. This connection is essential as on all other sides, the area is surrounded by big open fields.
The biggest impact will be on the largest remaining intact woodland area, called “Heath Covert”. The plan to cut into it and open it up started already a few years ago on the north-western and south-western sides, as well as this year’s so-called “ride-widening” along the eastern flank. See my other picture, taken three years ago after the first glade was cut into the Heath Covert woodland. Glade cutting and thinning: There is a different name for this and that’s habitat fragmentation.
The map also shows that the thinning and clear felling that has already been carried out along the south-eastern border of the enclosure was done in order to create a second corridor of open heath. The much reduced are of woodland that lies now between the two “corridors” is already isolated, and does not even show up as any kind of woodland on the map, so it will most likely be gradually removed altogether, along with a birch grove to the east of the Heath Covert.
What ought to be clear to everybody is that maintaining woodland as such and looking after it as woodland is a completely different thing to thinning it and opening it up in order that heath vegetation will take hold, with the desired end result being an open heath environment.
The presence of the ponies will help facilitate this change, as described both by SWT and WREN. Grazing animals are not a woodland’s friend. They will do damage to existing trees and they will stop young trees from growing. We have seen already the effect of sudden wind exposure and the resulting tree loss. The plan of SWT for the remaining wooded areas in the enclosure is gradual death.
If the still existing areas of woodland were to be left alone, they may still support a certain amount of woodland species. They would then also be linked up with other forest areas, which would greatly help to boost those species.
Unless we have some written confirmation that the above plan has changed we will assume it is still valid. SWT have committed themselves to carrying out the work as specified, so it is unlikely they will make changes to it.
This is carbon cultist Sir David Rottenborough, who thinks he’s saving East Anglia on my behalf.
To the tune of Bud Flanagan’s Dad’s Army theme song…
Where’s the Wild in Suffolk Life where Trust become betrayal
That ol’ boy Sir Rottenborough yarns his carbon tale
Our trees breathe in our Co2 and leaves us with fresh air
Then yous turns up and cuts ’em down, leave us in despair
‘Cos who do you think you are kidding Mr. Right On
Just you leave them trees there be