Please don't chop down all our trees

SIR - I am writing to make people aware of the massacre of the beautiful trees which line the cliffs above Westward Ho! For the past few days, people on the Kingsley Park estate, alerted by the sound of chainsaws, have been greeted by the sight of a huge

SIR - I am writing to make people aware of the massacre of the beautiful trees which line the cliffs above Westward Ho!

For the past few days, people on the Kingsley Park estate, alerted by the sound of chainsaws, have been greeted by the sight of a huge swathe of denuded hillside, with more trees vanishing by the hour.

As developers are granted planning permission for an increasing number of homes, the woodland cover, home to numerous birds, animals and insects and a pleasure to residents and visitors alike, is simply vanishing.

In a phone call to TDC, I learnt that even if trees are under a preservation order, if the council grants planning permission, that protection will not be allowed to stand in the way of the development.


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Local conditions mirror the situation worldwide. With unusual weather patterns around the globe and rainforests murdered for logging and meat production, one would hope our species would wake up and smell the coffee.

We depend on trees. We cannot live without them. We breathe in oxygen, trees breathe out oxygen.

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We exhale carbon dioxide, trees take in carbon dioxide.

As heavy rain and flooding becomes more common with climate change, and as that tree cover on Westward Ho! cliffs is being eroded, one can only hope that if it leads to an Aberfan type mudslide, it is the developers' homes which are engulfed, not those of the people who have had to sit by and watche their environment destroyed.

As a Native American prophecy says: When the last tree is cut down, the last fish caught in the sea and the last animal killed, only then will the white man realise you cannot eat money.

Torridge District Council and developers please take note.

Cara Louise Trimarco,

Westward Ho!

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