Woodland campaigners’ public meeting

Photo Ian Robinson'Chorley Aerials''Sue Ryder Home Cuerden Hall
Photo Ian Robinson'Chorley Aerials''Sue Ryder Home Cuerden Hall

Campaigners fighting to protect cherished woodland will hold a public meeting next week.

The ‘Save Cuerden’ group are urging supporters to attend the meeting at St Bede’s Old School, Preston Road, on Wednesday at 7pm.

The campaigners are outraged at plans by Sue Ryder Care at Cuerden Hall to develop woodland between the hall and Shady Lane.

They say a proposed £8m care centre and associated car parking will destroy around 400 ancient woodland trees.

The savecuerden.org.uk campaigners appeared on Radio Lancashire’s breakfast and tea time programmes last week.

Campaigner Nick Davis said: “This proposal will be an encroachment on existing greenbelt.

“This site will be cleared. Sue Ryder will have one or two significant trees remaining after the development and that’s all.”

It is proposed a stable block will also become flats or apartments.

The campaign is receiving support from celebrities such as Michaela Strachan Julia Bradbury and defender of Badgers Brian May.