So you are happy at the destruction of national biodiversity action plan priority habitats. Habitats that could be hundreds of years old, of historic, landscape, wildlife and archaeological importance that are integral to the character of our countryside and landscape and have legal protection.
The above came across
as an agressive tirade from a tree hugger. Following UKMicky's response, I have reconsidered that opinion, and now feel that it MAY have been wrong. I have browsed thru other mails, looking for your signature, and those I found didn't seem too "way out". So perhaps you will accept this as first steps towards a truce?
Some afterthoughts ...... I used the word attack
. Could that be what you refer to as bullying
? Not quite the same thing.
I raised the subject of ancient hedgrows, and said that I hoped the hedge in question did not fall into that catergory. I still don't know whether it does or not.
I would not object to hugging a few trees myself, but am deterred by those who wish to enforce the legislation regardless of the expense and distress it causes the owner of a tree. What would you do if you found that a neighbour's protected tree was destoying your house?
Archaeology? I'm not against it, actually quite interested. But what if you spent your life savings buying a building plot, only to find a piece of Roman pottery in the first spadeful of soil that you turned over. Would you like to explain the effect that has on your proposed build, how much it is likely to cost, and who pays?
I used to suffer from hay fever, millions of people still do. Sticking my tongue in my cheek
, may I suggest that such sufferers should lobby for a ban on all this green stuff that surrounds us.
I looked at a building plot recently. One of the planning requirements was that the developer should provide several nesting boxes. The plot was on the edge of fifty square miles of forestry.
I am all for the protection of wildlife, although I'm a little bit anti-RSPB (I can explain if you like). I would love to see a Golden Eagle flying overhead. I would hate to see the sky full of them. I'm glad to see a lesser predator sitting on a lamp-post or fence, but again, I don't want to see too many of them. Having a Siamese kitten snatched off your lawn can influence how one thinks.
From time to time, I think I would like to live in a listed building, but then I remember the disadvantages ..... all the work that has to be done in a manner demanded by somebody else, but at my expense.
What can History teach us? Dunno! History is being brought to a standstill by the legislators who think that the past is more important than the future, so tough on those who are here now.
I once asked my Brother in Law (at that time Press Officer for V&A) how he thought people would react to to proposal to build another St Paul's cathederal. (My secondary question was going to be what he thought the reaction would be to a proposal to knock down the first one
Purely accademic, you understand.) He replied that there had been a lot of opposition to the building of the first one. Food for thought. There didn't seem any point to asking the secondary question.
Anyway, truce? Maybe with a bit of friendly sniping from time to time? Site owner allowing.
602 (aka John Williams)