Sarah Ferguson makes a passionate plea to save trees that would be cut by the new Amazon warehouse

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The Duchess of York today made an ardent plea to scrap controversial plans to build a ‘huge’ Amazon warehouse – because historic trees she adored as a child will be cut down.

Sarah Ferguson, 61, said she was “ absolutely shocked ” to find out that dozens of 130-year-old trees in an old forest corridor will be destroyed to make way for the massive unit.

Under new proposals already green-lighted, a beautiful part of the Hampshire countryside will be ‘brutally cut down’ for a 220,000m2, 23.5m high distribution center, believed to be used by online giants Amazon.

The area covered by the plans is the village of Dummer – where Fergie grew up on a farm and learned to love trees from her father Ronald Ferguson.

The Duchess of York today made an ardent plea to scrap controversial plans to build a ‘huge’ Amazon warehouse – because historic trees she adored as a child will be cut down.

A total of 67 mature oaks, three Grade A mature beeches and 13 other oaks – all supporting 2,300 species of animals – will be swept away.

It is these very trees that inspired the Duchess to write her children’s book The Enchanted Oak Tree, which was created to pass on the magic of an old oak tree to children.

Write on Instagram, she said: “Even now that I am 61, and as a new grandmother, I have the most vivid and happy memories of growing up on a farm in Dummer, near Basingstoke.

‘I remember my father telling me to always recognize the beauty of our environment and be grateful for the beauty of our environment, a lesson that I took in my adulthood and passed on to my own daughters.

Sarah Ferguson, 61, said she was `` absolutely shocked '' to find out that dozens of 130-year-old trees in an old forest corridor will be destroyed to make way for the massive unit.

Sarah Ferguson, 61, said she was `` absolutely shocked '' to find out that dozens of 130-year-old trees in an old forest corridor will be destroyed to make way for the massive unit.

Sarah Ferguson, 61, said she was “ absolutely shocked ” to find out that dozens of 130-year-old trees in an old forest corridor will be destroyed to make way for the massive unit.

Under new proposals already green-lighted, a beautiful part of the Hampshire countryside will be 'brutally cut down' for a 220,000m2, 23.5m high distribution center, believed to be used by online giants Amazon.  Pictured is a general overview of Oakwood Farm business units (circled) and surrounding land (outlined in red) that makes up the planning proposal area around the old road to Dummer near Basingstoke, Hants.

Under new proposals already green-lighted, a beautiful part of the Hampshire countryside will be ‘brutally cut down’ for a 220,000m2, 23.5m high distribution center, believed to be used by online giants Amazon. Pictured is a general overview of Oakwood Farm business units (circled) and surrounding land (outlined in red) that makes up the planning proposal area around the old road to Dummer near Basingstoke, Hants.

One lesson he taught me in particular was to admire trees – to look up and drink in their splendor and to feel a sense of awe at their importance in the landscape.

‘For me they should always be respected and cherished. We should be very grateful for the way they support Mother Nature.

As a girl, I especially remember loving the oaks in and around Dummer, including the trees that lined the old road to the village.

These trees inspired my children’s book The Enchanted Oak Tree (in honor and gratitude to my dad, my oak has its big red bushy eyebrows!) Which was published last year.

The book is designed to pass the magic of an old oak on to the next generation, inspired by the trees I grew up with.

The plans, put forward by Newlands Property Developments, were approved at a meeting of the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council last month.  However, they faced backlash from dozens of locals, politicians and even councilors from Basingstoke and Deane

The plans, put forward by Newlands Property Developments, were approved at a meeting of the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council last month. However, they faced backlash from dozens of locals, politicians and even councilors from Basingstoke and Deane

Fergie, Prince Andrew's former wife, added: 'I really can't bear the thought that anyone would think it would be possible to cut these incredible trees that have inspired me for decades for storage space.  These plans must be discontinued before it is too late.  Pictured: The Duchess of York's childhood home in Dummer, Hants

Fergie, Prince Andrew’s former wife, added: ‘I really can’t bear the thought that anyone would think it would be possible to cut down these incredible trees that have inspired me for decades for storage space. These plans must be discontinued before it is too late. Pictured: The Duchess of York’s childhood home in Dummer, Hants

So I was absolutely shocked to learn that Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council have approved a massive 220,000 square foot warehouse – apparently occupied by Amazon – meaning these trees are being brutally cut down.

The proposals will destroy the forest path of 67 mature oaks and three mature A-grade beeches on the old road to Dummer, plus an additional 13 oaks.

“Wildlife experts say some of these trees are 130 years old and each tree supports up to 2,300 species of wildlife, including important bird species, insects and bats.”

Fergie, Prince Andrew’s former wife, added: ‘I really can’t bear the thought that anyone would think it would be possible to cut down these incredible trees that have inspired me for decades for storage space. These plans must be discontinued before it is too late. ‘

Fergie urged people to sign a petition with nearly 100,000 signatures, saying, 'We can't afford to keep losing valuable trees from an already fragmented landscape'

Fergie urged people to sign a petition with nearly 100,000 signatures, saying, ‘We can’t afford to keep losing valuable trees from an already fragmented landscape’

According to Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, the development will prevent wildlife from moving between two sites on a wooded avenue that Fergie “remembers so well.”

She also expressed concern that “1,750 houses are already being built next to the site, with 1,600 additional truck movements every day,” adding that there will be no trees to “act as the lungs for the local community.”

Fergie urged people to sign a petition with nearly 100,000 signatures, adding, ‘We can’t afford to keep losing valuable trees in an already fragmented landscape.

A petition to stop the felling of trees has now yielded more than 95,000 signatures. The strength of the opposition is evident in this massive support. But we need more local people to apply to force the municipality to reconsider its plans.

The Duchess's book is designed to 'pass the magic of an old oak on to the next generation, inspired by the trees I grew up with'

The Duchess’s book is designed to ‘pass the magic of an old oak on to the next generation, inspired by the trees I grew up with’

“If you want to save the trees, sign the petition … and then lobby your city councilor and MP to intervene too.

Several MPs from around the country have already signed a letter to the housing secretary, Robert Jenrick, asking him to have the plans inspected by a public inquiry and make a decision at the national level.

“ In my opinion, this development is unsustainable and completely in contradiction with Basingstoke and Deane’s recent statement that we are facing a climate emergency and with commitments to have a net zero congregation by 2030. ”

The plans, put forward by Newlands Property Developments, were approved at a meeting of the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council last month. However, they faced backlash from dozens of locals, politicians and even councilors from Basingstoke and Deane.

Six MPs, including Maria Miller of Basingstoke, have called on the central government to ‘invoke’ the decision.

Matt Thomas, on behalf of the applicant, claimed that the developers have a ‘sustainable travel plan’ worth £ 1.4 million, while agent Ms. Davis added that there would be ‘no visual impact’ on nearby Dummer and that the site would provide 1,500 jobs would create.

The site’s footprint on the ground is just over 58,000 square feet, but the total capacity of the warehouse – which will have several floors – is 220,000 square feet.

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