Trust rallies objections to road plan threatening ancient woodland

A Woodland Trust campaign to protect three ancient woodland sites under threat from a Herefordshire road project has generated over 900 objections.

Image: Andrew Green
Image: Andrew Green

Herefordshire Council's consultation on its Southern Link Road proposals, which would link the A49 and A465 to the south of the city, ends today (21 April).

Three ancient woods would suffer "considerable damage and loss" from the proposal, the trust said, with Grafton Wood, an area of ancient wood pasture, losing at least half a hectare, and other veteran trees also adversely impacted by the scheme.

It claims the council would be "perfectly able to re-consider the routing of the proposed road so that adverse impacts to ancient woods and veteran trees are entirely avoided".

The council has said it has already rejected four proposed routes for the road due to their impact on ancient woodland.

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