Woodland Trust attacks "disgraceful" plan to build on new woodland site

A six-hectare native woodland commended in an awards scheme last year now faces the chop as its owner seeks planning permission to build houses on the site.

Image: Woodland Trust
Image: Woodland Trust

The wood was planted in 2012 as part of the restoration of a former aggregates quarry at Kettlestoun Mains, West Lothian, owned by construction materials supplier Cemex UK.

Last year it was commended in the New Native Woodland category of Scotland's Finest Woods Awards, sponsored by the Woodland Trust Scotland.

Its director Carol Evans said: "Ripping out these saplings after just two years would be disgraceful.

"We're asking Cemex to reconsider their plans and stick to the original proposal to plant a woodland that benefits people and wildlife, and that creates an attractive green gateway to Linlithgow."

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