Antisocial behaviour leads to woodland closure

The Woodland Trust is closing one of its woods in the West Midlands to the public from today due ongoing problems with antisocial activity.

Image: P L Chadwick (CC BY SA 2.0)
Image: P L Chadwick (CC BY SA 2.0)

The trust said Uffmoor wood, near Halesowen, will close after "ongoing discussions with the authorities and the police service", adding: "This is an extremely rare course of action following ongoing issues with dog attacks, dog fouling, drug dealing and other sexual activity in the carpark and woodland."

It explained on its Facebook page: "We desperately wanted to keep Uffmoor open for all to enjoy but after trying to manage this situation over many years and trying many different approaches we now feel we have no choice but to close the woodland for the time being.

"We hope this is not a permanent measure, and we extend our thanks to the responsible dog walkers and local people who love and care about the wood."

A represesntative of the site added: "By closing the woods we are able to spend time and resource safely carrying out works and cleaning up some areas of the woodland. We will be able to focus our efforts on developing a solution, rather than spending it reactively responding to issues."

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