Brian May CBE came to the Village on 11th February 2013 to present
his Vision on how he will plant a 100,000 tree Woodland on the 63
Hectares he has bought to the South of Shitterton. The Forestry
Management Company he is using, UPM Tilhill, helped him outline
the detail of the plan & had 2 Q&A Sessions, along with
Brian, which were very well attended by Villagers.
out more about the Plans, eventual look of the Woodland, Planting
Dates & what the alternative could have been, by either scrolling
down or choosing from the drop down menu below...
click the Photograph below to see the Plans...
click the video below to see a BBC South Today News Report on his
what Brian had to say about his trip to our Village -
had a great day in Bere Regis today, and that little village so
colourfully named Shitterton, or, to the more coy visitors, Sitterton!
It was a public meeting, to enable me to explain our plans to restore
an ancient woodland in this area, and also to seek advice and comments
from the local folks. It's a beautiful area, a wonderful place to
bring up your children, and at the time I was contemplating purchasing,
there was a threat of the surrounding area being built on to the
tune of hundreds of houses. This was a horrific prospect for the
villagers. Having purchased the farmland in question, we then set
about evolving a plan to return the whole site to its ancient glory
as original British woodland. My hope that, under the advice of
experts who have been working in this district for generations,
is to evolve better ways of Husbandry of the woodland, more humane,
with no Culling, no pesticides no herbicides, and of course no hunting
for pleasure. This will be a safe place for all creatures, and an
environment in which the local people can interact with animals
in a way which will benefit everyone. Well, that's my hope anyway.
reaction I got today was incredibly positive. The place was packed
to overflow, and in fact we had to make two presentations instead
of one. We got great comments, great ideas and a real feeling of
a community moving forward in an exciting new project. I'm very
excited myself. I think my favourite memory will be a tiny little
girl in purple, who came up to me afterwards and said, "Thank
you for doing what you're doing".
hope we get this right. My feeling, and my hope, is that in 100
years time people will be sitting around in Bere Regis discussing
this project and saying - "Our grandparents did the right thing
only sour note of the whole day, was an article in the Daily Telegraph
["Brian May upsets farmers with his latest plan to save badgers"]
which was pitifully misinformed, mistakeny describing this project
as a 'badger sanctuary' - with one of those quotes from NFU boss
Peter Kendall saying that a rock star should not be interfering
with Farmers' affairs. Mr Kendall is such a nice man that I'm sure
he would not be slagging me off unless he's been misinformed. The
project, of course, has nothing whatsoever to do with the Badger
Cull. And I should perhaps mention that we will not be bringing
any animals in from other areas – that would be a very irresponsible
thing to do, especially as this is a TB affected area. The purpose
of this project is to provide care for the animals who already inhabit
these parts, a corridor where they can enjoy life, and enrich the
lives of the local people. For me it's also an opportunity to learn.
soon - and the plans will be on full view to the public.
- and my big thanks to all who attended the meeting today with such
click the Photograph below to see an Image of how it will look...
Wood Inaugural Tree and Community Planting Day Plans
28th September 2013 - Shitterton Wood Plot Field, Bere Regis
along some gloves, good boots and an edging garden spade or a hand
trowel (the trees are quite small) to help make a start on the planting
of 100,000 trees! Parking at the site is limited and vehicles should
park in the village of Bere Regis which is a short walk to the site.
The Programme is below the Map of the Site below -
Led by Dr Brian May and Julian Ohlsen at Shitterton Wood Plot Field
- adjacent to the A35 slip road heading west (BH20 7HU). They will
explain the ethos and objectives for the new woodlands and how the
scheme will develop.
Performed by the school choir and led by Linda Lamon, this new piece
of work will celebrate the event in music and lyrics.
to Horse Close Plots for Brian’s Tree planting
Dr May to plant the very first tree in May’s Wood.
Julian Ohlsen of UPM Tilhill to explain about and demonstrate how
to plant the young oaks and the need for tree shelters, how they
work and how to fit them as part of the tree planting process. Tree
planting continues as and when people arrive.
The Save Me team will give a 40-minute talk about some of the amazing
wildlife that surround us and some of the unusual roles that it
performs to maintain the natural balance. You will meet the people
from Save Me and Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue who care and rehabilitate
Village is very grateful to Brian for what he has done - the alternative
was fields of houses, as had been proposed by the previous Land
owners. Their Proposal can be seen, by clicking the Photograph above.