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The destruction of Elms Field

February 25, 2018 11:49 AM
By Wokingham Liberal Democrats in The Wokingham Paper

Last weekend, the destruction of Elms Field in Wokingham began. This involved felling many of the trees before the bird nesting season began. The Wokingham Liberal Democrats have long campaigned for sensible regeneration of Wokingham Town. Councillor Imogen Shepherd-DuBey wrote the following letter to the local papers:

Cllr Imogen Shepherd-DuBey and a felled tree at Elms Field (Wokingham Liberal Democrats)

Cllr Imogen Shepherd-DuBey and a felled tree at Elms Field

Over the weekend I visited Elms Field to lookat the tree works that had been happening there. It was very clear that some very large, prominent Oak trees had been cut down. These trees were in a public park and had been part of our town for over two centuries. There is no way that they could be replaced in my life time, our children's lifetime or our grand-children's lifetime.

So, for what purpose have we lost these healthy mature trees? Well, it seems they are to be replaced with a supermarket and a reasonably priced hotel.

I want to see our town develop and grow, but at what cost will this be to our community? Why couldn't our developers be a little more creative in their design and help us preserve this part of our heritage that must have been with us for generations? I, for one, do not believe that destroying our heritage is the price we should be paying for progress.
Cllr Imogen Shepherd-DuBey
Liberal Democrat Wokingham Borough Councillor for Emmbrook Ward