The West Sussex County Times recently had a somewhat helpful article on this topic. The WSCT article links, in turn, to a section of the WSCC website which is rather less useful since its focus is on what WSCC is meant to do rather than what is expected of private landowners. Luckily, Dorset County Council has produced a model flyer on the topic which is worth downloading (the illustration above comes from that flyer).
Stay vigilant this weekend – if you see trucks or Travellers entering Pondtail Wood, phone 999 immediately to inform the Police. Breaches of the Stop Notice should still be reported to Mike Airey as usual on 07884 165 867 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Local people came out in force on 16th May, along with representatives from Sussex Wildlife Trust and Friends of the Earth, to protest against the illegal felling of Pondtail Wood on Muddleswood Road (opposite Singing Hills Golf Club) and the illegal bringing in of hardcore to create a hard surface entrance, decimating the woodland and doing so without a felling licence or planning permission. Pondtail Wood was purchased earlier this year and since then there has been extensive felling of the planted wood. It is a Planted Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS) and is within the South Downs National Park. The trees that have been felled were mature and were of a pine variety. Local people raised concerns from mid-March and Mid Sussex District Council and South Downs National Park Authority were informed at that time. A ‘Temporary Stop Notice’ was issued on May 10th. The notices have been removed from the gate and work on the site appears to have continued. The South Downs National Park woodland is under threat if it cannot be protected. Local people want to see the destruction stopped and the woodland repaired and replanted. Further updates will be issued and a campaign on Facebook and Twitter is being set up. Mike Airey is collating information for SDNPA and other authorities. Any further activity that the authorities ought to know should be emailed to him at email@example.com or on 07884 165 867.
The new owners of Pondtail Wood, opposite Singing Hills Golf Club, have had a temporary Stop Notice placed on them by the South Downs National Park due to the felling of trees and laying of hardcore. The notice has been placed on the gates to the woodland and the landowner made aware. Please refrain from entering the site yourself to take photos, etc. The SDNPA will be monitoring the site and you may be putting yourself at risk. If you notice any activity please report it immediately to Mike Airey on 07884 165 867 (Poynings Parish Council Chair) or Dave Rogers 07768 694 263 (Forestry Commission).
In a report to an [SDNP] authority meeting, chief executive Trevor Beattie told members three cases of ash dieback (Chalara Fraxinea) had been confirmed inside the park. In addition, four cases had been reported just outside the boundaries near Chichester, Horsham and Eastbourne which, he said, risked spreading the disease into the national park. ..
Mr Beattie said: “There is no cure for ash dieback, the disease is here to stay and is expected to spread through the ash population from east to west .. evidence from the past two seasons suggests the spread is slower than expected and spores are moving at a rate of about 10km a year.”
Read the full story here.