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.