Saturday, 16 February 2013

LINK: Brian May from Queen unveils Dorset woodland vision

Queen guitarist Brian May has talked about his vision to turn a plot of Dorset farmland into a woodland wildlife sanctuary.

His team will be planting 100,000 trees on 155 acres (62 hectares) of land near Bere Regis village in September.

He had two "packed" meetings with about 150 villagers on Monday night to discuss his plans.

"It was great, everyone was very positive and we had some great ideas from people," he said.

There are plenty of people who want to discredit me and I have become accustomed to that.”
Village school plans

May, a known wildlife campaigner, said: "We're turning land which has been used for farming back to original woodland, that's the long term plan.

"We're adjacent to a piece of woodland which I've owned for a number of years anyway so it's an extension of an already existing scheme to try and recreate an ancient landscape."

The rock guitarist, who actively campaigns against fox hunting and badger culling said he also wanted "to exclude hunting and to manage the land in a more humane fashion than has been the tradition".

Woodland pic:  An image showing what Brian May's woodland could look like in 20 years' time.

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