All good things


All good things. 

My house, my heart. Stone, wildlife, fields, nature, peace. Open skies and long views. Foxes. Deer. Birdsong. A place I felt safe. A place we made our own, and lived with nature and hoped and dreamed.

But no more. Last week a building contractor started to build 312 houses on our fields with no warning, on 40-year old planning permission. No-one was told. No one can do anything. The fields are conservation land. None of this matters.

Today I awoke to the buzz of chainsaws. I watched helplessly as beautiful trees were slashed down, one by one. Homes of birds, homes of animals, living trees, gone in a matter of minutes. I felt as though a piece of me screamed with each branch, each trunk. A physical pain, ripping a part of me away as each tree died in a mess of metal and chain and petrol and noise.

And it continues. And will continue, until the views are gone, until the animals are homeless, until each and every sightline is blocked by soulless, intrusive boxes. Until the rich developers are even richer. Until green is replaced by grey. Until our dream is destroyed.

13 thoughts on “All good things

  1. Oh non that’s horrible… No words for this, it’s just so horrible, horrible, horrible. Thinking of you – and that beautiful landscape.

  2. Sorry about your view being ruined but i feel like you are being a bit selfish. Not everyone can have acres of property to their sole enjoyment, that’s not sustainable for the nature you so obviously love. Think of all the joy these houses will provide to families living in them. Economic development is a good thing that makes us all richer.

    1. This gave me food for thought, Mike. I find it hard to see the other view when caught up in a knee-jerk emotional reaction! Of course there’s another side to this. People do need those houses, and will create great memories of their own there.

      It just frustrates me, as the land is designated conservation land now, but the planning was passed so long ago that they don’t have to adhere to any guidelines. It’s a shame to see habitat being destroyed.

      Thanks for your comment, it reminded me to focus on a bigger picture as well as my own experience, something I’m not always great at 😉


    2. i don’t think wanting to protect a land that is supposedly protected is selfish. being selfish is wanting to have a home instead of living in a more urban area. being selfish is having kids when there are far more than enough people on this earth. Thinking of those who cannot defend themselves (ie animals, flora and trees) is the less selfish thing one can do.

  3. Oh no Sal, so sorry to hear this. You must be utterly devastated. What a nightmare. It’s just the worst when nature has to suffer, never mind our own peace of mind.

    1. I ran out early this morning to take cuttings from the apple tree, hopefully I can get them to take so in some way it will live on! It’s such a shame. I suppose the thing about living on the outskirts of a town is that eventually the green space gets filled in as the town inevitably expands…

      Sal 🙂

  4. Oh, my! How horrible! We had a similar thing happen when we bought two acres in the country several years ago…but it wasn’t such a big development. I feel for you…may God bless and comfort you and your family.

  5. Hi Sal.

    Don’t want to get into an argument on here but rather than focus on Mike’s comment I’d completely ignore it. If we follow it to its conclusion there’d be no green-space left and that is incredibly selfish.
    Firstly that green space just because you are next to it wouldn’t mean its for your sole enjoyment, those of us with the ability to appreciate the countryside over concrete and tarmac would all enjoy it and there are plenty of places to build without destroying more green space.
    Secondly 312 houses will quite probably equal 624 cars based upon the fact that we are mostly 2 car families now, so where your roads may have been quiet they will become very busy, initially with construction traffic, 312 houses will need a lot of building materials and it will go on for a long while.
    I’m sure that the same joy from owning these houses could be gained from building them on Brownfield sites, if Mike is thinking part of the the joy will be from ‘your old view’ well it wont be there because it will have disappeared under the new development.
    Lastly what has this got to do with economic development and how will it make ‘us all richer’? Actually it will make us all poorer as our cherished green spaces unnecessarily disappear under more concrete and tarmac. It will definitely make those building it richer but for the rest of us well i’m not so sure.
    Being concerned about your local environment doesn’t make you selfish at all, quite the opposite actually and i really feel for you.

  6. I’m so sorry for your loss. The same thing happened to me 15 years ago. A subdivision went in where it had always been woods. It’s heartbreaking.

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