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Why Not Landfill?

Ecology

Landfill sites displace wildlife and damage vegetation.

Just one of our local farms is home to barn owls, kingfishers, larks, buzzards, bats, migrating Canada Geese, many ducks, koi fish, herons, two families of deer, pheasants, frogs and many more, including a family of foxes and all live together enjoying their own habitat which Cory is planning to destroy.

It has also been established that there are badger sets that need protection on the Laybrook site itself.

With the risk of watercourses being polluted by landfill leachates, the consequences for aquatic life could be devastating. Landfill liners are not a solution as they are susceptible to breakage/cracking via stones, roots, sharp rubbish through compacting and age wearing.

Knepp Castle

Nearby Knepp Castle is running several significant ecological projects, which will be at risk from a landfill site. You can view there concerns here.

This is an extract from their website, www.knepp.co.uk.

National and International interest / Scientific importance

This project is in many ways unique. The potential for biodiversity enhancement and research on grazers and their effects on landscape dynamics is considerable. It has attracted interest and participation from a number of organisations and individuals, many of which have contributed time, funding and invaluable advice. A baseline ecological survey was carried out in 2005 and there is an on-going programme of further survey and monitoring. This will enable changes over time to be interpreted. The project is also dealing with issues such as public education, which is aimed at informing both the general public and adjacent neighbours.

Much of the land is under CSS, and the restoration of the historic deer park surrounding the Castle itself has been funded by Defra. Natural England and Sussex Wildlife Trust have also contributed funding.

Alpaca Stud

Also, right next door to the proposed landfill site is The Alpaca Stud at Bowford Farm. It's the home to a herd of approximately 650 highly bred alpacas registered with the British Alpaca Society (BAS).

The alpacas graze over some 200 acres and are managed wherever possible using organic farming principles.

Bordering their grazing land is the proposed landfill tip which would attract crows, seagulls and magpies, all of whom find the eyes of the alpaca young (crias) a tasty feast and will stop at nothing to claw out the eyes of the newborns.

Johns Potts, the owner of Bowford Farm says, "A breeding operation adjacent to the proposed tip would be untenable. No breeder who entrusts their valuable alpacas to us for mating would allow them near the area. The physical harm and blight that would be caused is unthinkable".