SAVE GRIMESHAW WOODS BRETTON, PETERBOROUGH

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SAVE GRIMESHAW WOODS BRETTON, PETERBOROUGH

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John Hopkins started this petition to The Forestry Commission and

Grimeshaw Woods is a 14th century woodland in Bretton, Peterborough and is a 16.8 hectare Local Nature Reserve on the western outskirts of Peterborough.

This site is ancient woodland in three adjacent areas. Flora include nettle-leaved bellflowers, and there is a possibility that there are resident pipistrelle bats. There is access from Bretton Way, which bisects the site. This includes the areas around the housing in Westhawe, Hyholmes, Eyrescroft, Barnstock and Benland, 

The Forestry Commission have been instructed by Milton Estate, Peterborough to open a consultation to potentially fell 5.28 ha of Grimeshaw Woods . This consultation is only open until 24 August 2021

The Forestry Commissions Case Ref: FL-017-2108-2021. (See picture) 

We cannot find any information regarding the future plan of this area but as there is no replanting programme mentioned residents fear that eventually planning permission may be granted to build more housing.  Bretton is already at full capacity.  Residents have problems with getting doctors appointments, places in schools etc. The local community have already lost their only secondary school (Bretton Woods Community School) to housing.  This is the last remaining part of our ancient woodland, bearing in mind the existing traffic on Bretton Way the last thing we need is the removal of pollution cleansing mature trees and more housing.

Grimeshaw Wood is classed as an ancient semi-natural woodlands. We know they have been continuously wooded for more than 400 years, although the presence of many ancient woodland indicator species in the ground flora suggests that it has a long history.

Archaeologists have found evidence of Iron Age and Roman dwellings and farming activity to the south of Grimeshaw Wood. The name itself is Old English (or ‘Anglo-Saxon’), the ‘shaw’ part coming from the word ‘sceaga’, or small wood. Entries in the Domesday Book of the Normans in 1086 suggest that our area was densely wooded then and it became part of the royal hunting forest.

In1215, King John signed the Magna Carta. Significantly, in the same year he was persuaded by the Abbott and local knights to sell them the Soke of Peterborough for 1220 silver marks. After a disastrous war in France, then civil war in England, King John probably needed the money. One of the woods mentioned in the documents was ‘the Abbott’s wood, Gruneshauue’

Surely we cannot let this happen.  Peterborough is meant to be "The environmental Capital of The Fens" This woodland is used by the local community including school outings and is well known for its nature.  Residents often see deer in these woods and if this is felled it would dramatically change the structure and diversity of this area.

 

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