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Meg Munn wins reprieve for Ladies Spring wood

Friday, September 6, 2002

Meg Munn, Labour and Co-operative MP for Sheffield Heeley, working with the Beauchief Environment Group, has won a campaign to save precious trees in Ladies Spring Wood from being cut down.

Meg was approached by several members of Beauchief Environment Group and over 30 other local residents, after Railtrack announced that hundreds of trees would have to be torn down as part of their safety programme.

Ladies Spring Wood is an area of ancient woodland, at least six hundred years old, and a nationally recognised Site of Special Scientific Interest. Though on a steep hillside, the woodland runs down to the River Sheaf to an area of flood plain containing a wonderful variety of flower species and mature alder trees.

Railtrack, who are putting a new signal on the railway line not far from Dore Station, through the edge of Ladies Spring Wood, said they would need to cut down the trees to allow the driver a good sightline to the signal.

Meg arranged to meet Railtrack at the site, along with Council Planning Officers and Beauchief Environment Group members, and after much discussion, Railtrack have now crucially agreed to reduce the sightline from 450 metres to 300 metres saving huge numbers of trees.

Meg, herself a member of the Woodland Trust, said

"I was horrified at the prospect of hundreds of beautiful trees being felled in this ancient woodland so I am now absolutely delighted that Railtrack have listened to our concerns and are able to change their plans. The vast majority of trees will now be spared the axe without in any way compromising passenger safety and I hope Ladies Spring Wood will continue to bring pleasure for another six hundred years"

Photograph:  Meg Munn at Ladies Spring Wood with Dr Diana Holland and Carol Behagg, officers of the Beauchief Environment Group 6th June 2002

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