Saturday, 16 December 2017

Wood changes hands

COUNCILLORS have agreed to accept responsibility for Peppard Wood. The parish council will take over the lease for the 14-acre

COUNCILLORS have agreed to accept responsibility for Peppard Wood. The parish council will take over the lease for the 14-acre site from the Woodland Trust. Maintaining the site will cost an estimated £2,000 a year, which includes mowing and tree safety.

Council chairman David Hammond said: “It’s taking on an additional financial commitment for the parish but the alternative is we might have someone managing the land who’s less sympathetic to parish needs.”

He said savings could be made by combining maintenance work with Carlings Orchard, which is also publicly owned.

Councillor Lee Rawlings, who runs Greys Green Golf Club, offered to lend his machinery and said his staff could cut the grass for free.

Sonning Common Green Gym has offered to play an “active role” in the tree management.

Cllr Hammond said: “Peppard Wood could be better promoted. At the moment it’s very much a hidden gem that’s only really known by the people who live immediately adjacent.”

The council agreed to take on the lease in principle and subject to a five-year break clause.

The trust offered the wood to local organisations as it tries to free up resources to invest in new woodlands across the country.

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