TV star joins in fight to save trees

Fears for replanted ancient woodland Mark Branagan and Sheena Hastings TV presenter Selina Scott is taking a starring role in the battle to protect an ancient Yorkshire woodland – bursting with blue bells and wildlife – which objectors fear will be torn apart by the felling of nearly 500 trees.

Miss Scott and other residents living in the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are stunned at plans by local landowner and tourist attraction the Newburgh Priory Estate to harvest Craykeland Wood at Coxwold, near Thirsk.

The estate applied to fell 1,020 trees – including oak and ash – over 25 acres, about a third of the wood. Following protests by residents and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, the number of trees has been reduced to 471, including 428 sycamores, 29 ash and 14 oaks, over eight acres.


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