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Renewed Calls For Better Protection Of Trees 

Calls have intensified for law changes to protect mature trees from being cut down, after privately-owned woodland near d'Auvergne school was felled.

No planning permission is required to remove trees on private land unless an individual tree is on the list of protected trees.

The current law has been called 'quite inadequate' by Jersey Trees for Life, and the Environment Minister says work to draft a new one has been delayed because of a lack of department resources.

Sheena Brockie posted pictures of the bare land and tree stumps in St Helier - writing on Facebook that she felt 'sick to her stomach'.

I feel sick to my stomach. This morning I went on a pretty little walk through a woodland I can’t remember visiting...

Posted by The Good Jersey Life on Wednesday, April 21, 2021

She's told Channel 103 that talks are ongoing as to how to stop this, if the law won't change for at least another year;

"I'm not one just to whinge on Facebook, and then do nothing about it.  I'm speaking to people behind the scenes, and I know there is already other conversations going on.  There has to be different way.  It needs people who are concerned about to get together and say 'what is the different way?'  We have to think about alternatives and present them."

We absolutely want this to stop, but how to do we get this to stop - we can't wait another year.

We have declared a climate emergency. We need to deal with it. "

Channel 103 previously reported on the calls for better protection in December 2019 when the Constable of St Brelade received numerous complaints about mature trees being felled on La Route Orange, La Haule Hill and at the Wayside in St Brelade's Bay.

Deputy Kirsten Morel described the recent example of woodland clearance as 'devastating'.

 


The Deputy later tweeted to says that 'work going on to ensure a brighter furure' for the land in question.

Channel 103 understands Deputy Inna Gardiner, who represents the district, is working with the land-owner, the parish and the National Trust on a 'positive outcome' for the area. 

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