An East Cowes man has described the moment he stood in front of a bulldozer to prevent it destroying ancient woodland on the Hawthorn Meadows Estate, near Whippingham.
Barratt Homes, which owns the land, says it regrets what happened on Friday. A Facebook group has sprung up in response to the clearing of a large swathe of Kingston Copse. The work was stopped when local resident Phil Washington challenged the driver of a bulldozer and refused to move until the work was inspected by a site manager. Phil says he can not believe what has happened:
“Kingston Copse is a natural bluebell wood with all sorts of diverse wildlife, including badgers, foxes, bats, two species of woodpecker. It would be such a shame for them to loose their habitat.”
“It’s a shame they’ve decided to carry out any works here at all, let alone at this time of year.“A woodland path doesn’t need to be three metres wide, it doesn’t need to be fenced off and it doesn’t need to be surfaced. With no trees left, there’s no woodland walk anyway.”
“We deeply regret what has happened.”