Ainsdale Tree Reserve Deserves Better Conservation Status
Reporter Joe Thomas of the the Southport Visiter recently highlighted tree vandalism and theft at Ainsdale's Tree Reserve woodland behind Sandbrook Road.
Local Conservative councillors Terry Jones and Ted Hartill quite rightly expressed dismay at the recent vandalism of trees. They also mentioned that the area has been neglected. It is encouraging to see local councillors defending nature like this, rather than calling for wholesale countryside destruction, like the callous Liberal Democrats over at Southport's Kew area have done.
I am not officially minded and do not know about all the bureaucratic implications involved but I sincerely believe that the woodland in question deserves to be given green belt status and thus greater protection.
I was a part of the working team that created the woodland back in the 1970s. We worked very hard over many months to plant all manner of tree species, which later became the woodland of today. Therefore, I have a vested interest in seeing this lovely wildlife reserve given the rightful protection it truly deserves. I made the following informative video a few years back in the woodlands.
Here are a few old pictures of the woodland being created in the 1970s.
It was hard and cold work with most of the species being planted in the harsh winter months. I for one enjoyed being a part of that amazing woodland operation.
The ground was like iron and full of large boulders but the lads worked hard and never gave up. Thankfully the trees survived and became the lovely woodland of today.
Southport must preserve its trees not only for the wildlife but also for future generations to come...