Frances Wilmot, Cubbington Action Group Publicity Officer, writes:
Cubbington Action Group against HS2 is once again leading Spring Walks to see flowers in the ancient woodland of South Cubbington Wood, before HS2 destroys them. There will be first the anemones, possibly the wild pear tree in bloom (9th or 20th April walk) and lastly the bluebells.
Walks of 2 miles depart at the stated time from outside King’s Head, Church Hill, Cubbington and last about 11⁄2 hours.
Bring your children and friends; dogs on leads also welcome. Strong shoes or wellies recommended, depending on recent weather; some areas in the wood are always muddy.
Dates: Sunday 29 Mar at 3pm, Monday 30 March at 10am, Thursday 9 April at 10am, Monday 20 April at 10am, Sunday 3 May at 2.30pm. Contact Rosemary: 01926 425283. We make no charge for walks, but donations to the Cubbington Action Group fighting fund would be appreciated. The popular photographic notelets will be on sale before or after walks.
March 2015 is the 5th anniversary of the government’s announcement on HS2 and these walks mark the five years the Action Group has campaigned against it. The Group recently delivered its petition requesting better mitigation to protect the ancient woodland of South Cubbington Wood and the unspoilt Leam Valley between Cubbington and Offchurch. On March 11th Chairman Peter Delow joined Richard Dickson, local Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate, in walking part of a 24 mile section of the HS2 route through Cubbington [in Kenilworth & Southam constituency] to highlight the beautiful Warwickshire countryside.
But Chairman Peter Delow reports:
“Since this and next spring are likely to be the last two occasions when we will have the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular of the spring flowers in South Cubbington Wood before the HS2 bulldozers destroy it, I urge everyone to take advantage of the opportunity that the Cubbington Action Group walks offer. We have just been advised that the committee of MPs that heard our petition to save the wood by tunnelling HS2 under it have decided that ‘there is unlikely to be sufficient justification for a tunnel’. Whilst we will continue to fight for the protection of the wood, we have to face the very real prospect that this irreplaceable environmental asset will be sacrificed to save a few million pounds on the cost of HS2.”
See www.hs2-cubbington.net for latest information.