Save St. Botolph's Graveyard Beech Hedge (Swyncombe)

Save St. Botolph's Graveyard Beech Hedge (Swyncombe)

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Paul Sargeantson started this petition to St. Botolph's Parochial Church Council

Planning consent has been granted for the removal of a significant section of beech hedge forming one boundary of the “new” graveyard. In its place is to be built a one metre high brick and flint wall.

 

The graveyard that surrounds the Norman church itself is characterised by open boundaries, and contrary to the applicants assertion it is not surrounded by walls.

 

The principle tenet of planning in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is that, ‘Development that would adversely affect the distinctive features of the landscape character will not be permitted’.

This planning policy is unambiguous...and simple commonsense. This proposal certainly does not accord with this and therefore planning consent should not have been granted.

 

The living Churchyard Project aims to arouse interest in the value of churchyards for nature conservation.

Its aims

-          To enhance wildlife and its habitat

-          To preserve burial grounds as essential elements of the historic landscape

-          To create an atmosphere of benefit to grieving visitors and to promote community based action for the environment

-          To aid the understanding of our natural and cultural heritage and its importance in God’s creation

 

The elements of the new wall represent a huge embodied energy cost i.e. in terms of CO2 emissions, to replace a hedge that, of course, sequestrates CO2.

 

What could be a more appropriate boundary in this wonderful, unspoilt, sylvan Chilterns location than the existing splendid beech hedge?

 

If you care enough about the character of the countryside and its built environment please register your objection to this proposal via this petition.

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