18th Sep, 2020

HS2 campaigners take a stroll in bid to save ancient woodland

Ian Hughes 6th Jul, 2020 Updated: 6th Jul, 2020

HS2 campaigners are inviting people to join them for a stroll through a threatened ancient woodland.

The Save Cubbington Woods Walk for the Trees will set off from St Mary’s Church in the village at 11am tomorrow.

A spokesperson said: “As part of our campaign to save our woodlands, on Tuesday July 7 we are hosting a family-friendly, socially distanced walk around the edge of Cubbington Woods, a precious ancient woodland on the edge of Leamington, due to be destroyed by HS2.

“We understand that HS2 are soon to commence some initial felling of “negligible trees” in Cubbington Woods prior to drilling of exploratory boreholes – most of the wood will be lost to HS2 and is scheduled to be felled from around September.

“The walk is organised to show our care for these beautiful and irreplaceable woods and we plan to walk the footpath up to and around the woods (or at least up to the triple row of fencing that now surrounds them).

Children and adults alike are encouraged to draw a picture of a favourite woodland animal to bring along to tie to the fencing.

The spokesperson added: “We want to make the point that, by destroying our natural environment, adding to CO2 emissions and plunging the country even deeper into debt.

“HS2 will negatively impact not only our generation but our future generations too. During lockdown focus has been placed on protecting parents and grandparents. We want to highlight the need to focus on our children and grandchildren in the recovery; we are concerned that on our current path they face an uncertain future and that time is of the essence if we are to change our dangerous course.”

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