Sunday, 19 January 2020
Thank you to everyone who attending the meeting to Save Thorpe Woods on Saturday 18th January at The Dussindale Centre. It was a great meeting which was very positive and well attended. The next meet up is 2/2/2020 2.00 for a video shoot for people willing to talk about the woods direct to camera and a letter approval session. Meet at the junction of Southill Road and Plumstead Road opposite the Plant Centre.
Monday, 30 December 2019
Extinction Rebellion Norwich support all who wish to Save Thorpe Woodlands from the housing development which plans to turn this valued woodland into a building site. We are in a climate emergency and need to rethink our relationship to the non-human life that is going extinct around us. We need to rethink our relationship to woodland ecosystems instead of exploiting/destroying them for profit. In December we held a symbolic picnic in the woods with local residents and members of XR Norwich. We plan a meeting on January 18th 2020 2.30-4.30 at Dussindale Community Centre, Pound Lane, NR7 0SR. EVERYONE WHO CARES FOR OUR FUTURE is welcome. Love and Rage Barbara
Saturday, 12 July 2014
After a long process of consultation, environmental study and planning, the Area Action Plan (AAP) for development to the north east of Norwich is complete.
On the 10th of July Broadland District Council voted to adopt the Growth Triangle AAP. As part of the AAP, Thorpe Woods are now recognised as being central to sustainability. This recognition is a reflection of the strongly expressed views of environmental bodies including Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the considered opinion of Broadland's own ecological consultant and the overwhelming public oposition to building on the woods recorded in Broadlands’ public consultation.
4 years ago, the woodlands' owners, hoping to replace the trees with a profitable housing estate, presented a very different story. With the expensive help of jet setting planning guru Andres Duany they described the woodlands as redundant conifer plantation, fit only to become 'Belmore Park', 800 or more homes to replace the trees. There was no mention of course that the same woodlands were already designated as a County Wildlife Site by NWT, containing important habitats and rare plant species.
The AAP must now stand for a minimum of 6 weeks, during which period interested parties may comment only on the soundness of its decision making process. Hence, there is still a threat to the woods, but it would have to be an outright attack on the whole process of local democracy and development planning. It is uncertain whether Socially Conscious Capital will appeal against BDC's decision, especially as the woodlands now constitute key Green Infrastructure within a development plan that provides more than adequate housing. But given the democratically oblivious and environmentally blind approach of SCC's 'No win, no fee' way of working, we must watch and wait.
This huge step towards saving a beautiful woodland area and wildlife habitat, from greed driven and completely needless development is something Broadland and Norwich can be proud of.
And it's thanks to the public, environmental bodies, Thorpe's BDC councillors and all who added their voice to our campaign, that in this case common sense for once might prevail.
Thank you all!
Thursday, 5 June 2014
I've heard tawny owls and possibly other species of owl all across Thorpe Woodlands, photographing them before in west Racecourse.
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
Friday, 2 May 2014
Monday, 17 March 2014
Below is what SCC call a "woodland improvement" plan including housing development (I've shaded it grey, they deceivingly coloured it green) Retail development and clean and tidy paths.
I've added/ highlighted some key points and truths here.