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Save Rede Wood campaign underway

Gipping Valley county councillor John Field (Lib Dem) says the Friends of Rede Wood. which is threatened with sale by Suffolk County Council to a private buyer, is planning its campaign to save the woodland.

A friends of Rede Wood Facebook page has been set up to help defend the wood between Claydon and Henley.

English Nature says of the wood:

Rede Wood is a fairly typical small semi-natural boulder clay woodland consisting of pendunculate oak, ash, some field maple, with a hazel dominated coppiced under-wood. It lies in the south-east corner of the parish of Barham, on a gently undulating and dissected landscape. It is a County Wildlife Site, but has not been afforded statutory protection. The wood is owned by the Suffolk County Council. It is an integral component of the Claydon Estate.

The site possesses an interesting and important flora, largely connected with the coppice-with-standards system. This includes 38 species that are believed indicative of ancient woodland. 30 species listed in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan utilise the site: mainly species of bird and mammals.

The Gipping Valley Countryside Project manages conservation and public access for the site.

The Evening Star has a report.