Save Meldrum Trees

Save Meldrum Trees

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Conor Smart started this petition to Aberdeenshire Council

The ancient woodlands and in turn the extensive wildlife habitats it supports within the grounds of Meldrum House are under threat from a proposed housing development namely APP/2019/2299 by Cala Homes and Meldrum House Hotel.  This application would appear to directly contravene Scottish Government Policy on the removal of woodland specifically ancient woodland and indeed also seems to conflict with Meldrum House's very own Environmental Policy which clearly states the following:-

'At Meldrum House Hotel a strict Environmental Policy is in place as part of the hotel's contribution to protecting the environment, in which we are committed to sound environmental practices in all areas of the business ... Preference is given to products and services which have minimal or beneficial effect on the environment and we actively work on measures to help protect and sustain the local wildlife population in conjunction with the Forestry Commission Scotland, RSPB and the Scottish Beekeepers Association.' A link is provided below should you wish to familiarise yourself with their entire 'Environmental Policy'.

Further Meldrum House openly state ‘The mature woodland backdrop, meticulous landscaping and abundant wildlife make it a golf experience like no other’ while making no mention of their current planning application which will devastate the habitats the ‘abundant wildlife’ require to survive. 

Indeed in April 1993 Bob Edwards, Secretary and Director of Meldrum House claims he stepped in to stop Meldrum House ‘falling into the wrong hands’ and ‘couldn’t resist the chance to buy something with so much local history’.  He also claimed ‘I have lived in Oldmeldrum all my life and I know how much the local people would want it to be preserved’.*  Yet now if plans are approved it will see the loss of 6.77 ha (16.72 acres) of woodland, the equivalent of 10 football pitches.  IT IS BECOMING EVIDENT MELDRUM HOUSE HAS INDEED FALLEN INTO THE WRONG HANDS.

If we cannot maintain and preserve the habitats of protected species like red squirrel, pipistrelle bats, owls and badgers then in turn we cannot protect these species from eventual extinction.  We should feel privileged and indeed honoured to have this wealth of wildlife on our doorstep and it forms part of our natural heritage which we have a duty to preserve for future generations. 

If you are as passionate about preserving our natural heritage then please sign our petition.

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