Posted: 24/02/2015 at 06:43
It really is a pity that this community group didn't have the courtesy and common sense to engage with the local community - you and your neighbours - before they set off on this scheme. So many of these initiatives are ill-conceived and so much time and money is wasted doing things that nature will do naturally. The climax vegetation of much of this country is woodland. Do these people think they're going to replicate an ancient woodland by your back fence? Have they analysed their aims and objectives? If it's wildlife enhancement, your bird-table suggests that they have achieved that target already. If it's to look nice, they should have a serious think about who it's to look nice for. On 5 acres they have plenty of space to create a buffer zone 30m wide of native shrubs near your house. Shrubs might generally be a better wildlife solution than trees over much of the site. What is on the site at present? Who does the land belong to?
I'm not as sure as Dave is about the benefits to your property value either. It depends what the present use of the land is: if there's currently no access or little public use you could find that this will all change and you have a continuous parade of people and dogs just on the other side of your garden fence. Your garden will also ultimately suffer shading from tall trees, which is not to everyone's taste.
You need to have a serious word with this group and whoever is involved with them - funders, Council - and insist on looking at the plans and the brief. Things can then be amended before they get out of hand. It's not a 'community woodland' if the most affected parts of the community are not allowed to be involved.