Brineddin Wood- ancient woodland under threat.
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URGENT UPDATE: the UK's rainforest is under threat right now as Government makes changes to the planning system! Please speak up today: woodlandtrust.org.uk/...
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Threatened Ancient Woodland Inspiration for Valley of Artists.

Threatened Ancient Woodland Inspiration for Valley of Artists. | Brineddin Wood- ancient woodland under threat. | Scoop.it

Way into the Wood by Ann Arnold.

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In the tiny Redlake Valley where something like eighteen artists live, Brineddin Wood has inspired several beautiful works of art. The painting Way Through the Wood is by Ann Arnold, who with her husband Graham was a member of The Brotherhood of Ruralists. group of artists. They both live and in Chapel Lawn.

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Brineddin Wood, Chapel Lawn, South Shropshire.

Brineddin Wood, Chapel Lawn, South Shropshire. | Brineddin Wood- ancient woodland under threat. | Scoop.it
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Brineddin Wood from the iron age hill fort Caractacus' Camp opposite.

 

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The Rainbow by Ann Arnold.

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The Rainbow by Ann Arnold.

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Ancient Historic Wood Under Threat.

Ancient Historic Wood Under Threat. | Brineddin Wood- ancient woodland under threat. | Scoop.it
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We are a group of concerned residents living in and around the village of Chapel Lawn in rural South Shropshire trying to get protection for an ancient woodland known as Brineddin Wood.

The wood is particularly unusual because it has existed for generations under a system known as quillets that is unique, to Shropshire and Herefordshire. We know of only one other that is now left in Herefordshire. Each household in Chapel Lawn has the right of "pannage", that is the right to collect enough fire wood for their own use without the use of a horse-drawn vehicle.

The wood is in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and forms a dramatic backdrop to the village of Chapel Lawn.

There is an imminent threat we believe from a "permitted development" granted by Shropshire council. In this case the views of the community are not required.The plan is for 4 meter wide tracks (plus spoil)  to be installed in the wood in order that a nearby landowner can extract timber using large machinery.

We believe this will be very detrimental to the habitats of protected species such as dormouse, red kite and various kinds of bat that have been found on surveys in the locality, and that it will disturb  and change the whole character of the wood as a wild and rare ecosystem. An increasingly disappearing resource  and sanctuary in our small island. The plan contravenes the European Biodiversity Action Plan as Brineddin Wood is listed in The Ancient Woodland Itinerary and is designated Deciduous Woodland Bap Priority Habitat.

Our views have been supported by various wildlife and woodland experts we have contacted including The Woodland Trust.

The site for the proposed tracks has an unusual amount of early purple orchid and the protected plant, creeping bellflower, also grows close by. That site has been proposed as a SSSI.

We feel the tracks will also have a damaging effect on the visual impact of the wood and landscape as a whole.

This page is set up in order to keep interested parties informed.

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