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Wood-sale surprise

Posted on August 30 2019 at 1:06:06

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The volunteers who look after High House Wood in the Lickey Hills have expressed surprise and concern on learning that the land has been put up for sale.

The woodland, which is around eight and a half acres and borders the Lickey Hills Country Park and Old Birmingham Road, is privately owned but has been cared for since 2005 by  a management team consisting of the owners’ agent, Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council and a local residents’ association.

The sale listing with Cottons of Edgbaston describes “a rare opportunity to purchase a parcel of woodland. . . in a highly desirable location . . .[with] development potential” and an asking price of £224,900.

Keith Woolford, of Friends of High House Wood, told The Village: “Much public money has been spent on this conservation land over the years, partly through the Open Spaces scheme and also the parish precept.

“We would like to continue managing the land to the benefit of its present inhabitants and to the enjoyment of us humans.

“The asking price seems on the high side bearing in mind its questionable development potential – being smack in the middle of the Green Belt, with Rights of Way and a blanket Tree Preservation Order covering the whole site.”

Mr Woolford, who received a “Wildlife Hero” award from Worcestershire Wildlife Trust in January for work at High House Wood, points out that many parents walk their children safely to school via the wood, and that Lickey Hills Primary School uses it for educational purposes.

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Meanwhile, the graffiti-ist who spray-painted “Save Our Fields” on roads and street furniture around the Lickeys earlier this year seems to have struck again, this time at High House Wood.

The slogan “Save Our Woods” has appeared on a bench and two notice boards, presumably in response to the land being put on the market.

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Top: Lickey Hills Primary School pupils Sienna Anderson (aged five) and Joshua Dowling-Dutton (aged six) help Keith Woolford and Coun Jill Harvey to plant a tree in High House Wood in April 2019 (Photo/ Keith Woolford)

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