Support for Wildlife Trust call to protect disappearing Local Wildlife Sites from development

City of London Corporation director Sue Ireland has welcomed the Wildlife Trust's call for more protection for Local Wildlife Sites.

Sue Ireland
Sue Ireland

The Wildlife Trust revealed that more than 10 per cent of England’s 6,590 Local Wildlife Sites have been lost or damaged in the past five years, mainly through building and reduced incentives to farmers to protect them.

The trust’s "Secret Spaces" report focused on sites described by the Government as "of local importance for nature conservation" and designated by partnerships of conservationists and local authorities. Such sites include churchyards, flower-rich roadsides, meadows and ancient woodlands.

They do not have legal protection but local authorities should safeguard them through planning policies.

Wildlife Trust director Stephen Trotter said: "These sites are the Cinderella of the natural environment.

"Many are quiet, unnoticed wild places in which nature thrives. We need greater recognition and protection in the planning and decision-making process."

Ireland said: "I fully support the Wildlife Trust’s call for more protection for Local Wildlife Sites. With increasing population pressures and climate change, all sites of importance for nature conservation urgently need more protection if they are not to be lost.
"Some of South East England’s most important conservation sites, like the ancient woodlands of Epping Forest and Burnham Beeches, which we manage, are protected by law under our Open Spaces Acts. But too many locally important green spaces don’t meet the criteria for designation as either SSSIs or SINCs, so they are dependent for their protection by local planning authorities which are now under huge financial strain."

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Sargent's solutions - how to attract the best staff for your business

Sargent's solutions - how to attract the best staff for your business

There are ways to find quality candidates for horticultural jobs if you widen your search parameters, Alan Sargent suggests.

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

An effective strategy to retain staff is the best way for any business to avoid a potential recruitment crisis, Neville Stein advises.

IoG Saltex 2017 - Kit showcase

IoG Saltex 2017 - Kit showcase

Mowers, turf care, battery equipment, seeds, arboriculture kit and weed control will all see a wide range of new releases at Saltex, Sally Drury reports.

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

IOG Saltex

Get set for IoG Saltex 2017 with our comprehensive show guide and exhibitor info.

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Industry Data

An exclusive report for HW subscribers revealing the key development trends, clients and locations for 2017.

Products & Kit Resources

BALI National Landscape Awards 2016

Read all about the winning projects in the awards, run in association with Horticulture Week.

Noel Farrer

Founding partner of Farrer Huxley Associates Noel Farrer on landscape and green space

Read Noel Farrer