Protection for wildlife habitats

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Thank you for pointing out in your Editorial Comment (‘Opportunity to add real value’, County Times August 2) the need for the council and developers to consider the impact of the proposed land sale by Novartis in Horsham on the neighbouring households.

One of those households is ours, and for the last 32 years we have enjoyed an outlook of trees and shrubs in a thick copse at the back of our garden.

This mini-woodland supports owls, goldcrests, treecreepers, woodpeckers, blackcaps, bullfinches and many more species, as well as foxes which wander by, hedgehogs and all manner of smaller creatures.

Much is said about the need for wildlife corridors these days, and a look at the Google Earth aerial plan of the sports field (which you might like to print in your paper) shows just such a corridor around the sports field.

In your Editorial you say that housing built in the residential area of Horsham reduces development pressure on the town’s surrounding green fields, but there is still a need to support wildlife within the town for the benefit of the environment.

It is therefore important that the council and developers should maintain as much of this greenery as possible, but a further consideration is that when the trees were planted many years ago some unusual species were included, and they have now reached impressive proportions.

I imagine that Tree Preservation Orders have been placed upon many of them, and hope that the tree department of the council will be taking a close interest in the proposals for development.

JANE ROSS

Thatchers Close, Horsham