Shock over clearance work at Braintree beauty spot

Halstead Gazette: Shock over clearance work at Braintree beauty spot Shock over clearance work at Braintree beauty spot

Walkers have been left “shocked” by the extent of clearance work along a river carried out by a supplier of cricket bat wood.

About a quarter of a mile of trees and hedgerows have been cut back along the River Blackwater in Bocking on the opposite side to Braintree’s Fairview estate, according to residents.

Jeremy Ruggles is one of the directors of willow wood suppliers Wright and Sons of Great Leighs and owns the land with his cousin.

Willow trees are grown and cut every year to make the bats.

Mr Ruggles said: “These tree will be replaced next December and we will put extra ones in as well.

“We had a licence to do the recent work and a burning certificate.

“We did cut some hedges back to make room for more trees, we just left it too long this year.”

Retired John Parish, who photographed the scene, said: “This was a beautiful natural screen on the Bocking side of the river.

“They have always done a good job and I think 10 out of 10, but this year I have never seen such devastation.”
 

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11:55am Sat 7 Jun 14

cmills says...

These people have absolutely no idea what they are doing - its a total pigs ear of a job , the ground in radiated with deep compaction from heavy machinery which seem to have been running about all over the place unnecessarily -- and they built a huge fire right next to trees they obviously wanted to keep as they were part of the road side fence / barrier that were consequently burnt to a state of death . Its a total disaster of wood land management .
These people have absolutely no idea what they are doing - its a total pigs ear of a job , the ground in radiated with deep compaction from heavy machinery which seem to have been running about all over the place unnecessarily -- and they built a huge fire right next to trees they obviously wanted to keep as they were part of the road side fence / barrier that were consequently burnt to a state of death . Its a total disaster of wood land management . cmills
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7:27pm Tue 10 Jun 14

M keeble says...

To cmills
It was private land private trees so it's there business not yours . So perhaps you should worry about your impact on the environment and leave these poor people to get on with there's . The state of the bank side before the work was strangling the life out the river . So in some small way they have helped the land.
To cmills It was private land private trees so it's there business not yours . So perhaps you should worry about your impact on the environment and leave these poor people to get on with there's . The state of the bank side before the work was strangling the life out the river . So in some small way they have helped the land. M keeble
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