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Newark Advertiser reader letter: Green areas need protecting

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The letters Jumping On The Bandwagon and Priorities Query (News Views, May 12) need addressing.

Fact is that our organisation Protect Newark’s Green Spaces is really about protecting green spaces, whether people are using them or not.

SWAN in Balderton is about giving priority to a tranquil green space and undisturbed wildlife on the lake.

Letter. (30235478)
Letter. (30235478)

There are many serious questions about the safety of this lake. This is not about people enjoying themselves, a “few kayaks” and being fashionable (although we all do enjoy and benefit from being nature in its wild state and in our gardens).

The urgent priority is to save nature ­— the flora, fauna, birds, pollinators, fish and the natural environment for its own sake.

There is a climate change emergency, the science has been definite about this for years. Without sufficient nature we die and natural habitat is being destroyed by humans at an alarming rate.

People need to wake up, everything has changed since the good old days.

Saving the green space next to the library and rewilding it is just a tiny part of what we all have to do to make up the loss of habitat, clean air and water and keep planet Earth alive and sustaining next generations.

As for being bandwagon jumpers, we have been involved in campaigns in Newark from early 2018 to preserve the Buttermarket, to fight housing development at Cedars Avenue playing fields, Elm Avenue Stadium, the Flowserve site, as well as library gardens and Balderton Lake.

We are currently working on plans for other sites in central Newark under threat of destruction, including the Highfields development.

Do your grandkids a real favour, join our campaigns.

There were 6,081 signatures on our petition to save the library garden trees, that’s a big bandwagon. ­— Jenni Harding, Protect Newark’s Green Spaces

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