Trust should be protecting our trees
MY NAME is Jazz Francis and I live in Plymbridge Woods. I have lived in Plymouth since I was three years old and have always felt strongly about the environment. I support anti-whaling groups and I am planning to go on a gap year to stop slaughters of sharks, whales, dolphins and seals worldwide with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
When I heard about the original plans for the cycle track in Plymbridge I wanted to do as much as I could to stop them going ahead, but I'm a 15 year old student, no one wants to listen to your average 'eco-freak' blab on about the environment.
I think that the National Trust planning to knock down the trees in Plymbridge is a slap in the face for the public. My parents have told me that a few years before we moved into the area a large housing company were going to destroy the woods to renovate the area, but because of the endangered wildlife in the woods the National Trust raised thousands to 'protect' the woods.
They can't tell people to donate to protect something, and then destroy it a few years later.
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Also, how does it look when we are ordering other countries to stop cutting down the rain forest and such, when we are here cutting down trees for pleasure and they are doing it to make a living. To be quite honest, it makes me sick.
Tell them to stop and preserve the trees we have and set an example. The National Trust are there to 'protect' not destroy. They want to cut down oak trees that are around 150-200 years old. They aren't doing a very good job at protecting if you ask me.
Many people agree that a cafe down in the car park would be great. It wouldn't struggle because people are here all year round walking their dogs, jogging and cycling. There is no need for a cycle track. There is already a path here. I personally cycle in the woods in the summer with friends. We love it. We have never fallen off on the track. My friends share my disgust at the idea of the woods being knocked down for this track.
There is one on the other side of the river, we don't understand why they don't just fix that one up. It would be cheaper for them and save the hassle of getting the plans through.
I used to see the National Trust as a group that cared for the environment when every other group out there were more interested in money. It makes me sad to say after hearing of this cycle track, they have fallen into the same category... I no longer have any respect for the National Trust, and will not gain any back until these plans are withdrawn, they get their act together and prove they don't just care about profit.