Letter: Trees - Drastic change no good for tourism

TV Preseneter Clare Balding pictured walking over the bridge at Pateley Bridge High Street..19th April 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
TV Preseneter Clare Balding pictured walking over the bridge at Pateley Bridge High Street..19th April 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

It was great to see the Nidderdale Way get national recognition (Dales impresses TV celebrity Clare, April 20), and the new marketing campaign for the path can only be good for local businesses.

But anyone who now walks one of the most scenic sections, between Lofthouse and Scar House, or even just drives up Scar House Road, will get an unpleasant surprise.

In the last week or so areas of the hillsides and even some of the better farmland (Life on the Farm, April 20) have been transformed by new young trees and thousands of plastic tree guards. The tree guards may only be there for 10 years or so, but it looks like some of the best views from the Nidderdale Way will be blocked when the trees grow.

I have to wonder how such a thing can happen. Everyone likes trees – the right trees in the right places. But these large new plantations are something different, a drastic large-scale change to a much visited landscape.

They cannot be good for our tourism businesses.

Susa Hockey

Lofthouse