Environmental activist climbs tree in Stroud to save badger sett
ENVIRONMENTAL activist Rowan Burrough has climbed a tree in Stroud to stop developers from building on a badger sett.
Workers were due to cut down the tree on land off Belle Vue Road today, Wednesday.
However 44-year-old Rowan is calling for the apple tree and the badger sett to be fenced off and made into a nature reserve.
“I am staying up here as long as I can and as long as it takes to get in touch with everyone I know in the country who is passionate about badgers,” said Rowan, who has spent the last 25 years taking part in non-violent action for various environmental causes.
“The area should be fenced off and made into a nature reserve and the developer can advertise the houses for badger lovers."
Rowan arrived at the site around 10am this morning after hearing the sound of chainsaws from his mother’s house in Uplands. Police arrived soon after.
“If I ever hear a chainsaw I have a look what’s going on,” said Rowan.
“I got here and to my total amazement I saw a huge badger sett at the bottom of the tree.
“I spoke to workers and said if they intend to cut down this tree today I would be forced to go up the tree to stop them.
“I don’t want to do this. It is embarrassing when you are the only person doing it but I know there are enough people in Stroud who care.
“I am merely delaying the work so that everybody living nearby knows what is going on and can come out and decide what they want.”
It is understood the developer has plans in place to relocate the badgers to a new sett.
Developer Gerry Walsh is currently abroad and unable to comment.
However, his planning agent Ben Read, of Hunter Page Planning, said: "He is doing everything in accordance with the policies and has the necessary planning permissions and consents.
"The trees were looked at as part of the planning application and no preservation orders were put in place.
"An ecologist was appointed to deal with badger relocation and is on site to make sure that everything is done correctly."
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