Save Cockley Beck
Save Cockley Beck
Cockley Beck is a wonderful little habitat with ancient woodland plants, bats, badgers, barn owls, warblers and mature oak and other trees surrounding the steep beck sides. It is probably the best area for wildlife in Kirkheaton and it is a delight to all the people who walk the footpath running through it.
When a woodland is destoyed all the carbon stored above ground, in their roots and the organic soil is released into the atmoshpere. It will be decades before young trees planted as replacements can compensate for this. We dont have time to wait. We need to be conserving what we have as well as creating more carbon sinks.
Ancient semi-natural woodland such as that surounding Cockley Beck offers homes to countless species of wildlife, many of which are not found in younger woodland. Once they are gone they are gone. We have already lost 70% of wildlife in the last 50 years, and it is disappearing at an ever increasing rate: this is a time of climate and ecological emergency, destroying more of our vanishing natural habitat cannot be justified. We all have a duty of care to preserve what is left.
Thomas Crompton, the owner of the quarry site that contains Cockley Beck, plans to "divert" the beck and fill in the ravine, detroying the woodland in the process. He has permission which was granted before Kirklees declared a climate emergency and it woud be unusual to get this revoked but the purpose of the site has changed and it can no longer be justified on any terms to destroy this irreplacable habitat.
Please sign this petition and share it with everyone you know who cares about the Kirklees countryside. Let's save this beck and set a precident for putting our planet before profit.