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Angela Sandwith

How dare they: my first reaction on hearing about the loss of trees, hedge and habitat in April 2021. Without permission metres of ancient Hawthorn hedge and trees were felled and the roots pulled out of the ground. Visiting this site I found a muddy, scarred landscape with upturned roots. The once lush species rich area transformed into a battle site, reminiscent of WW1. It was painful, triggering past emotions relating to lack of respect by others for nature, the planet and historic landscape. Compensation will be paid, but this will not restore the wind sculpted trees, nor the ecological system lost. Disconnection to nature is happening all over the world, threatening our planet’s existence. Hawthorn used in this work was cut up on site.

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