Help is needed to safeguard woodland

VOLUNTEERS are wanted to protect woodland in the Midhurst and Petworth area.

The Woodland Trust is calling for more WoodWatch helpers to assist in its campaign to protect woods from development.

The trust, which has 30 volunteers across the UK, wants more people in West Sussex to come forward.

It cites Horncroft Quarry, near Fittleworth, as one of its success stories after tireless efforts by its supporters saw plans for sand and gravel extraction withdrawn.

Woodland Trust WoodWatch Campaigner Alice Farr said: “The work of WoodWatchers is crucial to help us protect woods from being bulldozed and flattened.

“Without volunteers, we might not hear about a planning application until it’s too late.

“They are our eyes and ears on the ground.”

She added that across the county, 35 woods under threat had been saved in this way in the past ten years, and 22 cases were ongoing.

“We are looking for people tuned into local networks, with knowledge of the planning system and how development can impact on woods and trees.”

To find out more about WoodWatch, visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/woodwatch