| Press Release - 12 October 2009
SEEING THE WOOD FROM THE WEEDS!
Kaye Brennan (pictured) from the Woodland Trust joined a small army of volunteers from Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) for the autumn tidy up of the SSE Wood at Broxted Hill on Sunday 11 October.
Equipped with tools ranging from strimmers to secateurs the team of 20 cleared a sea of grass and weeds across the woodland floor to ensure the trees continue to thrive in next year's growing season.
The wood was planted in 2004 on land sought by BAA for its second runway and is a symbol of SSE supporters' determination that the expansion plans never go ahead. The trees, all native species, were sponsored by some 700 supporters who have helped to plant and later tend the wood over the last five years. In that time the saplings have developed considerably with a very low loss rate, with the inaugural oak planted by SSE Patron Terry Waite CBE now almost 20 feet tall.
Said SSE Campaign Director Carol Barbone: "It was marvellous to see how well established the wood is now and how the trees have grown. The symbolism certainly wasn't lost on any of those who gave up their Sunday afternoon to take part. We also appreciated the involvement of the Woodland Trust who have been such a close ally in highlighting the threat to ancient woodland arising from BAA's expansion plans for Stansted."
The Woodland Trust is the UK's leading woodland conservation charity. More information on its campaign to save ancient woodland is available at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk.
Carol Barbone, Campaign Director, SSE: M 0777 552 3091 & firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaye Brennan, Woodland Trust: M 07827 083 769 & KayeBrennan@woodlandtrust.org.uk