What have they done to God's little acre?

Bournemouth Echo: HABITAT: Eddie Groves who is angry about a protected area at Ham Common in Hamworthy being cleared HABITAT: Eddie Groves who is angry about a protected area at Ham Common in Hamworthy being cleared

CONCERNS have been raised about the future of a Poole nature reserve known as “God’s little acre”.

Trees and gorse have been cut back at a protected area next to the SSSI Ham Common Nature Reserve, in Hamworthy, sparking fears for its future.

Poole Harbour Canoe Club members want to move their base from another corner of the reserve and were given the go-ahead from the council to clear the area.

Old Town resident Eddie Groves, 77, says the reserve, off Lake Drive, has been preserved since a campaign to save it 20 years ago. Mr Groves said: “To me this is wanton destruction of an area loved by a lot of people in Poole and visitors from elsewhere.

“It’s been kept as it is since it was stamped as a reserve in 1992.

“I want the people of Poole to know what the council is doing – we’ll lose it if we’re not careful.”

Mr Groves described the cut-back area, at the back left of the free Lake Drive car park, as big enough to put a house on.

“I spent so much time working on the nature reserve,” Mr Groves said. “I think it’s criminal. We all call it God’s little acre. It’s a wonderful place.”

The reserve is home to a variety of wildlife including the Dartford Warbler, he said.

Clive Smith, head of leisure services at the Borough of Poole, said the council was in discussions with the club about a relocation, which it supports “in principle”.

Mr Smith said: “The council values this important piece of public open space and we would like to reassure residents that we do not intend for it to be lost.”

A spokesman for the 500-member canoe club said the current club hut was falling down and could not hold all its boats.

“We have no changing or teaching rooms and struggle to provide for the continual influx of new members,” he added.

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4:06pm Wed 20 Jun 12

boyerboy says...

JUST REMEMBER WHAT THE COUNCIL WERE PREPARED TO ALLOW TO HAPPEN ON BRANKSOME REC.
JUST REMEMBER WHAT THE COUNCIL WERE PREPARED TO ALLOW TO HAPPEN ON BRANKSOME REC. boyerboy

5:13pm Wed 20 Jun 12

Morrigan says...

Why were they allowed to cut down trees in which birds were still nesting?!! Not all chicks have fledged yet and now after a day out with their mother looking for food, they will have come back to find their nest gone - leaving them to get cold overnight and probably die!!

The canoe club members could use the public loos to get changed in and take their bl00dy canoes home at night!!! It makes me sick!!
Why were they allowed to cut down trees in which birds were still nesting?!! Not all chicks have fledged yet and now after a day out with their mother looking for food, they will have come back to find their nest gone - leaving them to get cold overnight and probably die!! The canoe club members could use the public loos to get changed in and take their bl00dy canoes home at night!!! It makes me sick!! Morrigan

8:56pm Wed 20 Jun 12

Reader Echo says...

This is a typical example of how Poole Council go about their business. They don’t care about wildlife (look at Upton House woods), the environment or the people and animals that they affect.

I hope the council get into trouble with the environmentalist groups for destroying this wildlife habitat.

Sack the lot of them and rethink the whole political system at local and national level, as it doesn’t work.
This is a typical example of how Poole Council go about their business. They don’t care about wildlife (look at Upton House woods), the environment or the people and animals that they affect. I hope the council get into trouble with the environmentalist groups for destroying this wildlife habitat. Sack the lot of them and rethink the whole political system at local and national level, as it doesn’t work. Reader Echo

9:09pm Wed 20 Jun 12

Alumchiner says...

Sadly this is very common, loads of area's are being cleared because of different reasons - here are three that the councils wont want you to know - 1, All tree's are to be cut down, removed and cleared from all roads and footpaths as they may cost money to keep healthy and litigation etc..... - have you seen how many roads have no tree's on the council side/land yet loads on private land ? 2. The old argument of cutting away rhododendron bushes to stop the seeds from spreading has recently been proved to be wrong and to have been rubbished and 3, Isn't it strange that a local person who I live next to gets work from a council official in clearing vegetation that so happens to be related to him..........
a lot of this work is unwanted, unnecessary, against popular opinion ( people wouldn't want it done if asked) and the council is misinformed and incorrect on their work they do in this field.
Lastly, this area used to thrive in its character and attractiveness - show me the last time the council improved anything by cutting it all away ?
Sadly this is very common, loads of area's are being cleared because of different reasons - here are three that the councils wont want you to know - 1, All tree's are to be cut down, removed and cleared from all roads and footpaths as they may cost money to keep healthy and litigation etc..... - have you seen how many roads have no tree's on the council side/land yet loads on private land ? 2. The old argument of cutting away rhododendron bushes to stop the seeds from spreading has recently been proved to be wrong and to have been rubbished and 3, Isn't it strange that a local person who I live next to gets work from a council official in clearing vegetation that so happens to be related to him.......... a lot of this work is unwanted, unnecessary, against popular opinion ( people wouldn't want it done if asked) and the council is misinformed and incorrect on their work they do in this field. Lastly, this area used to thrive in its character and attractiveness - show me the last time the council improved anything by cutting it all away ? Alumchiner

1:47am Thu 21 Jun 12

Phixer says...

Reader Echo wrote:
This is a typical example of how Poole Council go about their business. They don’t care about wildlife (look at Upton House woods), the environment or the people and animals that they affect.

I hope the council get into trouble with the environmentalist groups for destroying this wildlife habitat.

Sack the lot of them and rethink the whole political system at local and national level, as it doesn’t work.
Suggest you use your vote wisely. That is the only way to change a council.

'Hoping' that the council 'gets in trouble' is not good enough. Do you think that the council is going to be 'scared' of environmentalist groups? Not if corruption is involved.

Have you written to your local councillor?

Have you encouraged others to do the same?

Have you made a sensible suggestion as to how the canoe club can solve its problems?

Commenting here will achieve nothing.
[quote][p][bold]Reader Echo[/bold] wrote: This is a typical example of how Poole Council go about their business. They don’t care about wildlife (look at Upton House woods), the environment or the people and animals that they affect. I hope the council get into trouble with the environmentalist groups for destroying this wildlife habitat. Sack the lot of them and rethink the whole political system at local and national level, as it doesn’t work.[/p][/quote]Suggest you use your vote wisely. That is the only way to change a council. 'Hoping' that the council 'gets in trouble' is not good enough. Do you think that the council is going to be 'scared' of environmentalist groups? Not if corruption is involved. Have you written to your local councillor? Have you encouraged others to do the same? Have you made a sensible suggestion as to how the canoe club can solve its problems? Commenting here will achieve nothing. Phixer

6:37am Thu 21 Jun 12

EGHH says...

Poole Council is a shambles run by idiots. Destruction of nesting areas, a bridge that is not fit for purpose, charging for garden waste collections (even though that's already paid for out of Council Tax), decreasing on street parking etc. The list is endless. In the next election vote the Tory idiots out!
Poole Council is a shambles run by idiots. Destruction of nesting areas, a bridge that is not fit for purpose, charging for garden waste collections (even though that's already paid for out of Council Tax), decreasing on street parking etc. The list is endless. In the next election vote the Tory idiots out! EGHH

7:45am Thu 21 Jun 12

anigel says...

Having heard the other side of local council workings from an elected Weymouth Councillor who stepped down after seeing how things actually work from the inside, I would have to say that most of the time it is not the councillors fault, they are directed by unelected and self serving council officers who advise the elected councillors what they have to do, even if the elected councillors vote against the council officers, they normally do whatever they wanted to anyway by a back door.
Having heard the other side of local council workings from an elected Weymouth Councillor who stepped down after seeing how things actually work from the inside, I would have to say that most of the time it is not the councillors fault, they are directed by unelected and self serving council officers who advise the elected councillors what they have to do, even if the elected councillors vote against the council officers, they normally do whatever they wanted to anyway by a back door. anigel

10:28am Thu 21 Jun 12

elite50 says...

Gods little acre?
That was the name of a semi **** book written in 1933 about a plot of earth owned by some nut!
Poor choice of names.
Gods little acre? That was the name of a semi **** book written in 1933 about a plot of earth owned by some nut! Poor choice of names. elite50

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