The Woodland Trust are backing the campaign to save Oaken Wood. They have an online petition here.
The full planning application can be seen on the KCC website here.
CPRE are backing the campaign too... Dr Hilary Newport, Director of CPRE Protect Kent said “This is a precious site which is hugely valued by local people, and we find it hard to accept that the need for the ragstone is so great as to warrant the destruction of this ancient woodland habitat, and the disturbance caused over the many years of this quarry's operation. Our focus ought to be on developing new and more sustainable building practices which do not rely on the destruction of important ecological and historical resources. Ancient woodland is irreplaceable, and while we acknowledge the proposals to reinstate the wildlife habitats after quarrying the ragstone, nothing can restore the rich history of ancient woodland management practices and the ancient trackway that would be lost.”
The facebook campaign now has over 1200 members!
Maidstone Greens and Kent Green Party will be lodging an objection to the development.