A quick update (from Twitter sources): The Forestry Commission, Norfolk CC and South Norfolk Council, along with a Police Wildlife officer, have visited the site. It appears the developer (Serruys Property) may have illegally removed a significant number of trees in an area where otters and kingfishers are present.
Yesterday (Friday, April 28), I heard back from South Norfolk and Broadland District Council, who are thoroughly investigating the riverbank destruction at Trowse. I will have a further update on their investigations on May 11, after the local elections have taken place.
There were no tree preservation orders in place. However, it is commonly known, nesting season is protected by law. From what I gather, it has to be proven that there were nests on site. Given the nature of the area and the wildlife present, there certainly had to be nests. It is known that kingfishers were nesting here. If anyone local has expert knowledge or evidence of this, please email me at email@example.com.
During my visit on Thursday, there were two men burning wood in the water meadow. They were wearing high-vis jackets with ‘volunteer’ on the back (hence the image above), and had a 4×4 buggy.
Yesterday, the only life I saw in the area were swans and rabbits in the water meadow. A poignant reminder of the wildlife this destruction effects. If you look closely at the riverbank photograph above, you should be able to make out water vole holes.
I now have sight of the plans drawn up by Scott Browning – check them out, and make your views known.
While there a number of people looking into this now, your support and any further information from locals is very welcome. Please write to EDP24 to voice your concerns.
Norfolk UK is my home, I live in Norwich by the River Wensum where everyday there is something different to see and learn.
I feel a big affinity with the river as I grew up in Cambridge, another great river city. My childhood and teens involved many walks along the Cam where we would watch 'The Bumps,' raft races and as we grew older we enjoyed adventures on our punting pub crawls.
Growing up in a multi cultural university city definitely influenced my reading choices, I am a big fan of Japanese fiction, love French literature and enjoy Shakespeare. As a young teen I entertained myself with Jilly Cooper and Dick Francis and then became quite obsessed with Henri Charriere's Papillon. At school all I cared about was English, Art and French, in that exact order. When I finished with school I went to live and work in Greece for a wonderful year before returning to study English Literature and Sociology. At this point I read more classics like the Wyf of Bath, Wuthering Heights and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man plus poets such as Wilfred Owen.
My first UK full time job was with Heffer's Paperbacks where I devoured several books at a time, excited by the fact I could borrow what I liked. Bizarrely for me I remember reading The Zurich Axioms, I have no interest in the stock markets but it had me gripped. I can't remember why I picked it up but I have never forgotten it. Heffers introduced me to so many authors, via their books and sometimes in person. It was here I learned about all the genres, it fascinated me that science fiction and horror were so popular, I tried reading it all.
Aside from writing letters, it didn't really ever occur to me to write anything myself for many years as I worked my way through a variety of interesting and varied jobs. Then on a visit to the London Aquarium I became struck by an idea so powerful I sat down and wrote my first novel. It went nowhere as really I wrote it because I wanted to. I wrote another novel and again, didn't have the persistance or determination to take it further, I simply enjoyed the process of writing and my characters.
Then years later another idea struck me and during a severe bout of Pleurisy where I couldn't do anything physical for months, I wrote the Eight of Swords and The Putsi. This time I published them as ebooks and they became pretty popular. When I fully recovered, I had to concentrate on my business and looking after my mother who has various health issues and the writing went adrift again for many years until 2020 when the Coronavirus pandemic hit the world.
March 2020 I moved to my apartment alongside the Wensum to live alone for the first time ever. During the first lockdown I began to write a diary and then the idea for a new set of short stories came to me and in February 2021 they will be published. The Covid-19 Pandemic is not simply a scary virus, it is a historical time and here we are trying to live through it. To many it will feel like a punishment but to me as a writer, in some ways, it came as a gift.
Please stay as safe and as well as you can. I hope to entertain you with my stories as we all try to get through this together, even though we are apart.
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