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Resident criticises impact of tree felling on wildlife at Shawlands Wood in Great Cornard




A resident fears the character of a public green space in Great Cornard has been severely impacted by the maintenance of the site.

Ernie Stannard has criticised the upkeep of Shawlands Wood, which is managed by Sudbury Commons Land Charity on behalf of Great Cornard Parish Council.

Mr Stannard, who visits the site each week, claims the trees and hedges have been cut back too far – prompting concerns that the lack of shrubbery will effect the wildlife.

Ernie Stannard has raised concerns about the management of Shawlands Woods in Great Cornard..He said the character of the green space has been impacted by trees being cut down.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (33162321)
Ernie Stannard has raised concerns about the management of Shawlands Woods in Great Cornard..He said the character of the green space has been impacted by trees being cut down.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (33162321)

“I would like the site left alone,” said the 75 year-old.

Mr Stannard, of Hawthorn Road, said he and his teenage grandson used to regularly spot common lizards at the site, before the work took place.

He would like to see a collective community effort towards the management of the site, which has been designated as a local nature reserve, and has suggested residents share their views on how the site should be maintained in the future.

Ernie Stannard has raised concerns about the management of Shawlands Woods in Great Cornard..He said the character of the green space has been impacted by trees being cut down.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (33162319)
Ernie Stannard has raised concerns about the management of Shawlands Woods in Great Cornard..He said the character of the green space has been impacted by trees being cut down.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (33162319)

“Let’s get other people’s opinions and find out what they think about it,” he said.

In response, a spokeswoman for Great Cornard Parish Council said it “fully supports” the work of commons land ranger Adrian Walters and his team, who have helped to provide a diverse habitat for the extensive wildlife which live in the green space.

She said: “This intervention means some small changes may upset people, but the long-term benefits are there for people to enjoy, such as green and brown hair streak butterflies and more young reptiles.”

Ernie Stannard has raised concerns about the management of Shawlands Woods in Great Cornard..He said the character of the green space has been impacted by trees being cut down.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (33162318)
Ernie Stannard has raised concerns about the management of Shawlands Woods in Great Cornard..He said the character of the green space has been impacted by trees being cut down.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (33162318)

The spokeswoman added that tree management did not take place during the breeding season.

Ernie Stannard has raised concerns about the management of Shawlands Woods in Great Cornard..He said the character of the green space has been impacted by trees being cut down.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (33162323)
Ernie Stannard has raised concerns about the management of Shawlands Woods in Great Cornard..He said the character of the green space has been impacted by trees being cut down.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (33162323)