Last year thousands of trees were destroyed on land near Toton Sidings. The Forestry Commission issued a re stocking notice ordering the owner to replant the self set silver birches which the owner appealed. The Minister, Jim Paice said the owner would only have to replant if the trees did not grow back naturally within the next four years. Anna wrote
“Whilst I appreciate your powers are limited I know you will be concerned at the reaction from a number of my constituents. Many believe it is regrettable that the original restocking notice, which would have compelled the land owner to plant over two thousand trees to replace the ones he felled without a licence, has been amended. The new order will allow natural regeneration and only requires restocking if the designated density has not been achieved by 2015.
This area of land, its walks and wildlife is greatly appreciated and much used by people in Toton and surrounding areas. When the trees were destroyed by the landowner there was considerable anger and my predecessor, community groups, elected representatives and many others worked hard to involve the Forestry Commission and to persuade them to issue the restocking notice. I was part of that campaign and can assure you of the strength of public feeling.”