The latest BBC Countryfile programme covers both these topics, so its worth viewing the whole programme.
“Britain’s trees are currently under threat from a range of deadly diseases. The most well-known is ‘Ash dieback’, but in the Forest of Dean it’s the commercially valuable larch trees that are most at risk. Phytopthora Ramorum is a fungus-like pathogen that can kill whole patches of larch in a year. Ellie finds out why protecting these trees requires tens of thousands of them to be prematurely felled”.
“Tom Heap investigates claims that ‘village green’ status is now being used as a tool to block housing developments in the countryside. In recent years lakes, beaches and even farmer’s fields have been put forward as potential village greens. In many cases, they have been protected to safeguard spaces that are regularly used by the public. But, is the law also being abused by people who just want to keep the land around them development-free? The government certainly thinks so and, as Tom discovers, they want to bring in new rules to limit the number of sites that can be protected”. If these changes are brought in they will not only affect the ability of people in rural communities to protect their public open spaces, but also us in cities trying to hold back the tide of development threatening to destroy our already extremely limited amount of green open space.
Available until 1:19PM Sun, 25 Nov 2012
Duration 60 minutes