Forest amenities

SIR – It seems people have forgotten why Heartwood Forest is being built. Yes, it is to be a public amenity, but it is also a means to protect land which would otherwise likely be built on for housing needs. Generally, people who wish to go walking in woo

SIR - It seems people have forgotten why Heartwood Forest is being built. Yes, it is to be a public amenity, but it is also a means to protect land which would otherwise likely be built on for housing needs. Generally, people who wish to go walking in woodland are well aware that there will not be toilets available. It comes down to common sense - you go before you walk and explore.

Mr Stocker is clearly not a person of nature, though hopefully the development of the Heartwood site over the coming decades will convince him otherwise. Toilet facilities will only become poorly maintained, give off a foul odour and cause problems in the disposal of waste.

Use of the public facilities in Sandridge and Wheathampstead is a far, far, far better idea. I think I can speak for many people in saying, the Woodland Trust is right not to be providing toilet facilities in this natural environment.

STEVE CHAPMAN


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