Save veteran oaks and species rich organic meadow from development
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We would plead with the holy order of Carmelite Friars to reconsider selling a unique area of historic meadow located in Cheltenham to housing developers. It is not too late to save the God-given creation entrusted to all of us. Local people care very deeply about these lovely fields and the prospect of their loss is causing distress.
The Developers have applied for outline planning permission to build 100 houses on this beautiful site. Councillors put the odds of permission being approved at 50:50. The destruction of this organic meadow will be an absolute tragedy for local people and for ecological diversity.
The 10-acre site contains dozens of 350 year old oak trees and two important ancient hedgerows. The land has been uncultivated for centuries as it forms part of a private estate that can be dated back to medieval times.
The meadow and its beautiful oak trees are a vital habitat for a wide range of endangered species. An enormous, 20+ tunnel, centuries old badger sett will be destroyed. 7 species of bat are present including the rare lesser horseshoe. There are at least two bat roosts on site and a multitude of gnarled and creviced trees that have strong roost potential. Reptiles are also observed including adders, grass snakes and slow worms. There is an ancient pond populated with newts on the land. 3 species of deer and foxes are regular visitors to local peoples’ gardens. Hedgehogs and a huge variety of birds are present including lesser spotted woodpeckers, song thrush, dunnock, hunting sparrowhawks, soaring red kites and nesting buzzards.
The ecological value of the meadow is such that it deserves SSSI status. It is, quite simply irreplaceable and much loved.
Holy Fathers, please hold our precious gift, these God-given creatures, very gently in your hands
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