Nuclear Forests? A vigil and demonstration for National Tree Week – 29th November at Brockhole

  • Nuclear Wild Ennerdale?
    Nuclear Wild Ennerdale?
    A closed deep geological disposal facility (courtesy NDA)
    A closed deep geological disposal facility (courtesy NDA)

    Save the Forests from Nuclear Madness!

    Radiation Free Lakeland invite people to join them at 12 noon on thursday 29th Nov at Brockhole on the Monkey Puzzle lawn to remember the Monkey Puzzle and:

    Save the Forests from Nuclear Madness!

    On Thursday 29th November as part of National Tree Week, Radiation Free Lakeland will be lighting a candle for the Brockhole Monkey Puzzle to apologise for being unable to stop the felling by a ruthless and ultimately unaccountable National Park Authority.

    Following the vigil for the Monkey Puzzle the group will don mock biohazard suits and unfurl banners opposing the geological dumping of high level nuclear wastes under Lakeland Forests. Wild Ennerdale along with the Solway is one of the areas being eyed up as the nuclear dumping ground, much of Ennerdale is in public ownership. The experience at Brockhole with the much loved Monkey Puzzle shows that public ownership counts for little.

    Monkey Puzzle trees are a living fossil they have witnessed the birth and death of stars and the evolution of species but the threat of their extinction has never been so real as now. The Brockhole Monkey Puzzle is a potent symbol of what could happen to Cumbria in the near future.  The pieces of the complex puzzle of life could be lost, the DNA of Lakeland and Cumbria irreversibly smashed with a superior sneer and the blessing of our movers and shakers.

    Radiation Free Lakeland invite people to join them at 12 noon on thursday 29th Nov at Brockhole on the Monkey Puzzle lawn to remember the Monkey Puzzle and:

    Save the Forests from Nuclear Madness!

    more info:
    Ignoring the feelings of the public and advice of experts, on November 5th, the Lake District National Park Authority felled a much loved 110 year old monkey puzzle tree at Brockhole, the LDNPA centre, because they said it “spoiled the view.” At the same time the Authority are happy to go along with the government plan to dump high level nuclear waste under the National Park as long as the above surface facilities are screened from view!

    The primary role of the Lake District National Park is that of watch dog. Their remit is to protect the unique place that is Cumbria from developments that are unacceptable. The government plan to dump high level nuclear waste under the Lake District is the most unacceptable development in the history of the Lake District National Park Authority. Members of the Lake District National Park have signed up to this.

    The LNDPA say the government plan is acceptable ‘as long as the view is not affected’. This is so blinkered and such a dereliction of responsibility that it beggars belief. The view is much more than the sum of its visible parts. To stand in wild Ennerdale or Eskdale is visceral, a feeling of wonder and magic and wildness that transcends the purely visible. The LDNPA, most of whom hail from the West of Cumbria have given the thumbs up to trashing the magic and wonder of Lakeland to replace it with a nuclear footprint that would stretch over 25km square and 1000 metres deep. Movers and shakers such as the LDNPA , Cumbria Tourism and others appear to have been nuclearized and neutered. For example the chair of the Lake District National Park Partnership is Lord David Clark – also a non executive director of Sellafield while the Chair of Cumbria Tourism is Eric Robson, also partner of Osprey Communications, PR company employed by the geological dump government quango (the ironically named Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership) .

    In future, people could well stand in the forests of wild Ennerdale and/or Eskdale in the knowledge that beneath their feet is the worlds stockpile of high level nuclear waste. Only the LDNPA’s perception of “view” is so utterly superficial as to ignore what lies beneath as visceral. In any event what lies beneath would not stay beneath as scientists say high level waste has the capacity to percolate to the surface of Cumbria’s leaky geology in decades.

    The Forests would transpire radioactive carbon and other gases, the fresh water would be contaminated.

    For the Lake District National Park to continue to be a ‘Partner’ in this process while the government carries out its geological disposal agenda to its awful conclusion would be an act of neglect resulting in the worst abuse the Lake District and Cumbria has seen.

    http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/opinion/10035338.Felling_of_the_monkey_puzzle_tree_raises_questions/

    http://monkeypuzzlepledge.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/monkey-puzzle-felled/

    https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/the-lake-district-brand-disowns-west-cumbria-in-a-fit-of-nuclear-madness/

    http://northern-indymedia.org/articles/2612

    http://www.davidsmythe.org/nuclear/ennerdale%2031oct12.pdf

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