AN AREA of woodland near Overton will be felled because it is deemed to be in an ‘unfavourable condition’.

Natural England, acting on behalf of DEFRA (Depart-ment for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has requested that the three hectare woodland at Laver-stoke Park Farm should be restored to a ‘favourable condition’ by felling the majority of the trees and restoring a lowland fen.

Jody and Clare Scheckter, who own the farm, now have a legal requirement to comply.

They have been asked to leave a fringe of screening around the perimeter of the site to minimise the visual impact.

A number of mature specimen trees which have been identified as having biodiversity and landscape value will remain.

The work to fell the woodland is due to be carried out between August 15 and September 15.