There was a chance to meet Justin Williamson, a woodlands officer from Leeds CC on Sat 13th December at 9.30 am. Approximately 12 people turned up representing both sides of the argument for/against the regeneration of the beech wood and other associated felling. You can read the notes from the meeting on 27th Nov on a separate page.
It now seems that no felling licence was ever issued; all plans have been postponed until further consultation has taken place.
You can put follow up comments on this site as Justin, FGVWs and Bill Urry, local councillor for Roundhay, are among many following our blog. Use menu on RHS of screen to choose a page for your comments
A felling licence has been granted to Leeds City council, acting in conjunction with a core group from Friends of Gledhow Valley woods (FGVWs), and gives permission for a large area of beech wood on the Roundhay side and an even larger number of mixed trees on the Chapel A llerton side of Gledhow Valley Woods to be felled in the very near future.
Opinon seems to be very divided as regards the future of these woods and this site aims to collect comments from anyone interested in having their say. Some people see the way forward as gradually felling the beech wood and trees on the other side of the road, and replacing them with a mixed species wood. Others argue that the beech wood in particular has historical relevance and needs to be recognised as a conservation site to be preserved for as long as possible. Feelings are running high as people feel passionate about their beliefs but we want to avoid causing any more hostility between factions: we just want to offer an opportunity to air your views on a plan which has very far-reaching consequences for the landscape of Gledhow Valley woods.
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