| Press Release - 25 November 2009
12 noon, Sunday 29 November 2009 at the Stop Stansted Expansion Wood,
Broxted Hill Farm, Broxted, near Dunmow, Essex CM6 2EP
TERRY WAITE TO VISIT BROXTED FOR TREE PLANTING CEREMONY
Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) Patron Terry Waite CBE will be visiting the SSE Wood on Broxted Hill on Sunday 29 November to plant an oak tree in honour of SSE's first Chairman, the late Norman Mead MBE, who fought against the unsustainable expansion of Stansted Airport over three decades.
Media and photographers are welcome to attend the short ceremony which will take place at 12 noon followed by interview opportunities with Terry Waite ahead of a special community lunch in Little Easton where he will speak about BAA's plans for a second Stansted runway and the impact on the community. First mooted in 2002, the plans for a new runway have severely blighted those living in the shadow of the airport and beyond with proposals for an enormous land, homes and heritage grab to create an airport handling more aircraft and passengers than Heathrow today.
The public inquiry to examine the second runway planning application is currently on hold pending the outcome of the Competition Appeals Tribunal verdict on the Competition Commission's requirement that Stansted Airport be sold.
BACKGROUND ON THE SSE WOOD
The SSE Wood was created in late 2004 to reflect the determination and resolve of SSE supporters who planted it as a symbol of hope that this community's children - like the trees within the wood - will flourish and reach maturity in this community rather than be uprooted from their homes to make way for an expanded Stansted Airport. The inaugural tree planting was carried out by Terry Waite earlier that summer.
Tree species which have been planted in the wood thanks to the sponsorship of hundreds of SSE members include Field Maple, Pedunculate Oak, Hornbeam, Hazel, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Ash and Crab Apple. The Woodland Trust has provided guidance and support and the SSE Wood also has the endorsement of the Tree Council.
Carol Barbone, Campaign Director, SSE: M 0777 552 3091 & firstname.lastname@example.org