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Work on woodlands resumes after protests
7:00am Monday 7th October 2013 in News
WORK on the community woodland at Higher Folds has resumed after protests halted the excavation of the meadow.
Tyldesley Meadows Action Group disrupted the excavation of the meadows as part of the Leigh Guided Busway project, forcing Transport for Greater Manchester to agree to a meeting.
The meeting, held on September 25, included representatives from the action group, Wigan Council, TfGM and the Forestry Commission.
TfGM’s head of programme management services Peter Boulton said: “The community woodland was always intended to result in a beautiful recreational area for people to enjoy alongside the local meadows – and one that will greatly increase biodiversity and wildlife habitat.
“Representatives of the action group asked that the Forestry Commission plant significantly fewer trees in one area of its land so that it keeps its meadow character.
“TfGM and the commission have made a commitment that this will be taken into account when the detailed proposals for the area are developed.”
The action group’s leader, Richard Bordon, said he was happy with the progress and is pleased people will be consulted.
He said: “People don’t want to walk their dog through trees that hide the nice view.
“We had the support to stop them and people have worked hard to ensure that but if the consultation shows the public want a forest then that is fine by me.
“We were as keen as they were to keep the project moving as if it had stalled we could have been left with a scar on the landscape, but we want to maintain a meadow that has great views.”
Mr Boulton added: “The Forestry Commission will be consulting widely as it progresses the proposals and will ensure that everyone in the community who wants to be involved in shaping the woodland and meadow areas will be able to do so.”
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