This week my heart is heavy to hear of two homes lost under the soul-less administration of UK government.
One is Oaken Wood near Maidstone in Kent.
Despite lobbying by local people who love the woodland, and the best efforts of the Woodland Trust, permission has been given to cut down the trees to quarry for stone.
Here is Oaken Wood photographed for the Daily Telegraph newspaper:
It will soon look like this:
That’s Kent. Meanwhile, in Pembrokeshire (Wales), the owners of an earth-friendly turf-roofed straw and wood round house who failed to seek planning permission to build their home, have been told to tear it down on the basis that it harms the character and appearance of the countryside.
Charlie Hague and Megan Williams built their little house for £15,000 on William’s parents’ land, in time for the birth of their first child.
This is the house:
I feel heartsick when I read about these things.
I have done what I can.
I signed the petition to save Meg and Charlie’s home – there is no reason why Pembrokeshire County Council cannot grant them retrospective planning permission. Perhaps you might like to sign it, too?
And I sent some money to the Woodland Trust towards their campaign to buy Fingle Wood in England’s West Country. Only 2% of England’s ancient woodland remains, now. 98% gone.
This is Fingle Wood:
The trees are our guardians against drought and flood, for they slow down the movement of water through the landscape. They purify the air and stabilise the land. They shade us against fierce heat in summer and temper the winter winds. They are home and shelter to countless species. They are the lungs of the earth.
Do what you can to speak up for the trees, for your life is in their hands just as their life is in yours.