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Anger as wood is cleared

PUBLISHED: 14:06 01 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:29 03 March 2010

RESIDENTS of an estate on the edge of Ipswich are today up in arms after workers started clearing undergrowth in woods behind their gardens.

Staff from Babergh council have started clearing the woods behind Woolverstone Close in Pinewood - but the move has caused anger among local residents who fear wildlife there will be decimated.

RESIDENTS of an estate on the edge of Ipswich are today up in arms after workers started clearing undergrowth in woods behind their gardens.

Staff from Babergh council have started clearing the woods behind Woolverstone Close in Pinewood – but the move has caused anger among local residents who fear wildlife there will be decimated.

"They are pulling up small hazel trees that are alive with squirrels trying to build up their winter supplies, and they are killing off all the wildlife in the area," said Jackie Eadie from Woolverstone Close.

"They've pushed a big path through the wood to get conifers out, it's a mess.

"I contacted the rangers at Ipswich Council and they told me that this is the wrong time of the year to start doing clearance like this.

"The animals need the nuts and berries now, this should have been put off until later in the year," she said.

The work was being done by Babergh and the Orwell Housing Association, which owns many of the homes in Woolverstone Close.

Peter Austen, from Orwell Housing, said tree surgeons were trimming back on non-native conifers after requests from local residents.

"We have held back doing the work during the birds' nesting season, but we have been advised there should be no major problems at this time of the year," he said.

"The trees we are cutting back are conifers and they have little value for wildlife – only the grey squirrels will go in them."

A spokesman for Babergh said officers had given Orwell Housing a licence to carry out the work.

"Of course, grey squirrels are considered vermin," he said. "Many people call them tree rats."

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