“South Cubbington Wood safe until next winter”

A representative of LM, HS2 Ltd’s environmental contractor for our area, in response to an enquiry at the recent drop-in, sent the following information in an email:

“LM on behalf of HS2 will be starting their vegetation clearance programme in Cubbington Winter 2019/2020 where an extensive translocation programme of ancient woodlands soil will take place.

LM will not be undertaking any clearance until Winter.  LM are currently in the area undertaking non-invasive ecological surveys and tree planting, but no clearance.”

NB for “vegetation clearance” read “cutting down a central swathe of the wood”.  They have already bulldozed holes or made wider gaps in several hedges.