Target: Aberdeenshire Council Provost Hamish Vernal
Goal: Discontinue plans to destroy majestic forest in order to build golf course.
A golf course has been approved for construction in Aberdeenshire, Scotland — right through a centuries-old wooded sanctuary for a multitude of animal and plant species. Red squirrels, pine martens, bats, rare butterflies, and birds are set to be displaced. This course would be the 48th addition to Aberdeenshire’s selection of golfing grounds.
Previously, the same location has come under international scrutiny after acquiring the patronage of Donald Trump. Trump financed the bulldozing of sand dunes that had been designated a site of special scientific interest, ignoring criticism from the Scottish Wildlife Trust, and the Golf Environment Organisation, which condemned the course’s “considerable negative impact on what was one of the U.K.’s most valuable mobile sand dune systems.” The American business mogul terrorized neighbors throughout the demolition, and in a typically arrogant and out-of-touch defense of his project, claimed that “the environmentalists love what I’ve done.”
Developers have only agreed to the new golf course under the condition that 90 5-bedroom homes will also be built, 44 of which directly on land that comprises Slicewells Wood. This clearly contradicts the Aberdeenshire Council’s local plan to build no more than 3 homes per development. For some avid golfers, like Donald Trump, such plans are as expendable as natural beauty.
A 48th golf course is not worth the lives of thousands of animals and the ruin of an ancient landscape. Please sign the petition to save Slicewells Wood.
Dear Councillor Vernal,
A golf course has been approved for construction on land that has been preserved for centuries as Slicewells Wood. This would be the 48th golf course in Aberdeenshire, and would be accompanied by 90 5-bedroom homes, far exceeding the 3-home-per-development limit previously imposed by the Aberdeenshire Council.
Aberdeenshire has reached international notoriety in recent years for its submission to the destructive designs of current American presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Please do not allow your council to make the same mistake twice. Though Trump’s obliteration of sand dunes that had been labeled “one of the U.K.’s most valuable” cannot be reversed, Slicewells Wood can still be saved.
What little unperturbed natural beauty we have left on our planet must be considered more important than a superfluous golfing ground. Please call an end to plans for this 48th course, and resume Scotland’s tradition of protecting its majestic natural environment.
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Photo Credit: Lynette and Malcolm Johnson