Who cares about woods?

PUBLISHED: 09:34 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:43 15 June 2010

Shute Woods is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and, once upon a time, it was beautiful! Today the woods are being systematically destroyed and it would seem local people are quite happy to allow this happen. The Roman road running from Shute to Ki

Shute Woods is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and, once upon a time, it was beautiful! Today the woods are being systematically destroyed and it would seem local people are quite happy to allow this happen. The Roman road running from Shute to Kilmington was once a wonderful walk and enjoyed by many; the view from the top is spectacular. However, this road is used constantly by scrambling bikes and off-road four wheel vehicles driving in large numbers at alarming speeds up the lane and into the woods. Many have no tax or insurance and are, therefore, illegal and with no responsibility. They come simply to tear up the woods, destroying trees and wild life and terrifying anyone who may be in their way. It would also seem many are willing to turn a blind eye to the travellers. Initially there was just one, then four arrived and then there were 11. Now there are 15 trailers numbering almost 34 people, children and dogs, with no sanitation and a complete disregard for the area. Once again people fear to come and enjoy the beauty because of these inhabitants whom, may I say, are not really travelers they are people who have made a choice not to pay for their lifestyle hoping others will do so on their behalf. Can that be fair or just! As one of the only residents in the woods, we are doing our absolute best to prevent these anti- social activities and we would be most grateful if the local people who care about preserving this area of outstanding beauty will actually support us rather than abuse and threaten us.I know there are many who would like to return to walk with their children and dogs without fear or compromise.It would be nice to think this article might achieve the same level of editorial conveyed to the travelers some weeks ago, if only by way of a reply from the fringe of society that does elect to pay its way. Suzanne Seymour-WilliamsFor and on behalf of Company 25

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