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Why are the trees being felled?

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Dear Editor – As daily walkers to the Lickey Country Park, we are surprised at the drastic cutting down of hundreds of healthy looking trees across the park. On enquiring of the reason, we were told that it is to return the area to how it was many years ago, which was heathland; another reason was disease. Another reason was that two agencies were involved (DEFRA and English Nature) – complicated or what? Can we have a consensus on the correct reason?
The recent rainfall has turned the park into many small streams where there used to be many trees – which, in my opinion, prevented this happening. Remember the blame game regarding Marlbook Tip – one department blaming the other, only brought to light when it was too late. Will this be the case here?
Graham Moseley, Cofton Hackett