Packed meeting welcomes new forest project

A PACKED village hall on Tuesday night gave an enthusiastic response to a plan to plant a new forest on farmland in Sandridge. The meeting in Sandridge was organised by the Woodland Trust which last week announced an £8.5-million fundraising campaign to

A PACKED village hall on Tuesday night gave an enthusiastic response to a plan to plant a new forest on farmland in Sandridge.

The meeting in Sandridge was organised by the Woodland Trust which last week announced an £8.5-million fundraising campaign to buy 850 acres of land north of the village to create England's largest new native forest.

The meeting was so full that several dozen people had to be turned away at the door but the Trust has apologised to them and now plans to hold further public consultation meetings in other parts of the district.

Woodland Trust project manager Toby Bancroft said: "The public reaction was overwhelmingly positive. Obviously people have concerns for such a big project close to their homes and the village.


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"We were able to reassure the vast majority of those who attended that our commitment is to keep disruption to village life to a minimum while delivering the huge benefits that this new forest will bring for people and wildlife.

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