PRESS RELEASE FROM THE RT HON PETER LILLEY MP
Tuesday September 30th 2008
LILLEY SUPPORTS WALK FOR WOODLAND
Peter Lilley, the MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, was on hand to show his support for a planned new forest in Hertfordshire when he greeted Sandridge councillor Beric Read at the end of a fund-raising walk around the county.
He said: “The prospect of having Britain’s largest new woodland planted between Sandridge and Harpenden is very exciting.
“As well as being an important environmental feature and a terrific social amenity, it will virtually guarantee the local Green Belt against development.
“There is great enthusiasm for the project, which I share, and that’s illustrated by Beric Read’s determination to walk the entire length of the Hertfordshire Way, that’s a 166 mile circuit of the county, to raise money for it.”
The Woodland Trust, a conservation charity, is planning to buy 850 acres of farmland north of Sandridge and plant more than 600,000 native trees. The Trust is working to raise £8.5 million to cover land purchase, tree planting and management costs for the first five years.
Pictured are Peter Lilley and Cllr Beric Read with representatives of the Woodland Trust and local fundraisers.
Further information from John Allen