Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Youngsters Fight to Save Their Trees

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Youngsters Fight to Save Their Trees

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VILLAGERS made an impassioned plea to a government inspector to save a popular wood from the chop yesterday.

Children from Leadgate Infants and Junior School created a display of artwork to protest with residents from Leadgate, near Consett, against the destruction of Watling Wood.

And it seemed to work as councillors overruled planning officers and agreed the wood should remain.

But double-glazing boss Gary Hall, who wants to build a factory on three acres of woodland, appealed against the decision which was heard yesterday by planning inspector Nicholas Hammans at Consett Civic Centre.

More than 1,000 signatures, including TV botanist and broadcaster Dr David Bellamy, were part of a petition objecting to the plans.

Ann Foreman, 64, of Watling Bungalows, Leadgate, said: "Many of the parents of the current crop of pupils at Leadgate Infants and Junior School helped David Bellamy to plant the trees 17 years ago, when they were youngsters themselves. …

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