Stoney Wood, Wirksworth, Derbyshire Dales, UK. 4th March, 2019. Workmen at the local beauty spot Stoney Wood carpark as Derbyshire Dales District Council try relocating a Gypsy Roma Travellers camp on land adjacent to Stoney Wood.Wirksworth Town Council are seeking legal advise to try & protect the trees, rare wild orchids & other wildlife in and around this Sight of Special scientific Interest. Credit: Doug Blane/Alamy Live News

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Stoney Wood, Wirksworth, Derbyshire Dales, UK. 4th March, 2019. Workmen at the local beauty spot Stoney Wood carpark as Derbyshire Dales District Council try relocating a Gypsy Roma Travellers camp on land adjacent to Stoney Wood.Wirksworth Town Council are seeking legal advise to try & protect the trees, rare wild orchids & other wildlife in and around this Sight of Special scientific Interest. Credit: Doug Blane/Alamy Live News
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Stoney Wood, Wirksworth, Derbyshire Dales, UK. 4th March, 2019. Workmen at the local beauty spot Stoney Wood carpark as Derbyshire Dales District Council try relocating a Gypsy Roma Travellers camp on land adjacent to Stoney Wood.Wirksworth Town Council are seeking legal advise to try & protect the trees, rare wild orchids & other wildlife in and around this Sight of Special scientific Interest. The land was given by Tarmac to Wirksworth Town Council and is managed by them & the volunteers from the Stoney Wood Group who have planted & maintained trees and wildlife for the past twenty five years. The woodland is used by many including, walkers, dog walkers, rock climbers, school groups and is a location for many community events throughout the year especially at the StarDisc. The local beauty spot under threat by Gypsy Roma Traveller camp after Councillors from Derbyshire Dales District Council apologised to the residents of Wirksworth for having to make the decision, commenting that they "wouldn’t wish it on anyone". Councillor Mike Ratcliffe called that decision a "partisan political manoeuvre". Land has been allocated as a 6 month temporary tolerated site. DDDC plan to cut down all the trees on the site to make room for the Travellers camp. The area is know to have rare wild orchids & is also thought to be a site for endangered newts. It's a wildlife sanctuary used by local & tourists for walking, picnics, events etc & also hosts the unique modern StarDisc stone circle. The area has many potential health and safety hazards including a high voltage electrical sub-station, cliffs & a major road and its believed a suitable risk assessment has not yet been carried out by DDDC.
Location: Stoney Wood, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, UK

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