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Leach Fields fences damaged

Leach Fields fencing pulled aside
Leach Fields fencing pulled aside (click here for larger image)

One of the metal fences, erected by the developer Leach Homes to prevent people walking through Leach Fields, has been damaged.

Two fences were erected yesterday, one on Bluebridge Road and the other at the northern entrance from Moffats Open Space.

The future of the area has been uncertain since the turn of the year after Leach Homes refused to extend the lease on the land, which had been rented by Gobions Woodland Trust (GWT) for use as a nature conservation area for the benefit of wildlife and people.

Wildlife site protection bid

Elms in Leach Fields
Elms in Leach Fields (click here for larger image)

A local resident has written to the council this morning requesting that a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is placed on the mature oaks and elms in the Leach Fields, part of Wildlife Site 150.

The letter claims that the elms are probably unique in Hertfordshire.

According to the author, "the reason for the urgency is that Leach Homes has just begun sealing off entrances to the fields and begun excavation work."

The images show the trees that the author feels need protecting.

An oak in Leach Fields
An oak in Leach Fields(click here for larger image)

If you share these concerns you can express them by contacting:

Development Control Section
Welwyn Hatfield Council
The Campus
Welwyn Garden City
01707 357000
Email Welwyn Hatfield Council.

There are also concerns about other wildlife issues.

Leach Fields are part of the Moffats Meadows wildlife site, WS150, as designated in the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council district plan.

They have been part of the regular surveys of butterflies that recorded such rare species as the White Letter Hairstreak.

Grass snakes, a protected species, have also been recorded, along with more than 100 species of native grasses and flowers,

You can discuss the Leach Fields in this site's forum.

23 March 2009

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