To: Persimmon Homes CEO

Save the Beech Hedge Avenue at Field Road

Save the Beech Hedge Avenue at Field Road

Please don't destroy this iconic, historical beech hedge avenue that has been part of the community for generations. It is home to protected species and a local biodiversity hot-spot. Developers should respect the local natural heritage, give space to existing habitats and not destroy biodiversity for over developing sites for profit.

For generations this beautiful beech hedge avenue has been a living icon in the community, home to protected species of bats, dormice and birds and enhances local biodiversity, bringing joy and wellbeing to local people. It has historical relevance to the community and most importantly is an established habitat to a variety of protected species. It enhances the health and wellbeing of local people and improves the air quality from road pollution. The local people want the hedge to remain and not be destroyed and continue to be a home for the wildlife that rely on this established beech avenue. This is the last wildlife corridor in the local area and should be retained.

Why is this important?

As above!

How it will be delivered

Hand deliver to Persimmon Homes representative at the planning committee and emailed to the CEO

Huish Episcopi

Reasons for signing

  • The beech hedge has a right to exist and is home to a range of protected species. It should be retained and enhanced, not destroyed for profit. Homes for people should be in harmony with biodiversity and existing flora and fauna not destroy it.
  • I think the new residents that buy these houses would rather see a lovely hedge than acres of block paving
  • Because the Hedge has been there for so many years, and it would look good if kept tidy when all those Houses are built instead of one massage field of just Houses!!


2018-01-24 17:53:01 +0000

So the news from the planning committee meeting today is......................the councillors on Area North Planning Committee at South Somerset District council unanimously voted to refuse the planning application from Persimmon Homes - although the majority also agreed that the beech hedge was of biodiversity and health and wellbeing benefit and should be retained, because they had (almost 3 years ago now) given permission for outline planning where the presumption was the removal of the beech hedge, they couldn't now refuse planning on the grounds of the beech hedge. They refused on the fact that the application was over development for the site. So it's good news for now and the hedge lives on YAY! However please keep signing and sharing this petition as Persimmon Homes are most likely going to appeal or re-apply for an amended planning application and so need as many signatures as possible to send this petition to them. Thank you for your help and support.

2018-01-23 11:40:25 +0000

Thank you for your support! Now at 250 signatures. Can we get to 300 before the end of the day? The council planning committee is tomorrow Wed 24th Jan and I would suggest arriving at the SSDC Council offices at Brympton Way, Yeovil for 2pm when I believe the meeting is likely to start - planning applications will be discussed in the meeting from 2.35pm. Hope to see you there to save the beech avenue!

2018-01-16 13:26:43 +0000

Thank you for signing and supporting - only 8 signatures away from 200! Please do share and encourage others to sign too.
UPDATE: On Wednesday 24th January at 2.35pm in the South Somerset District Council offices Brypton Way, Yeovil BA20 2HT, this planning application 17/02694/FUL will be considered by the councillors to either reject or permit. This is a public meeting and you are allowed to attend and speak on the application. Any comments on this application need to be received 3 days prior to this meeting. So please do email your views to the district councillor and/or send you comments via by Sunday 21st January. Thank you.

2017-12-19 13:44:08 +0000

Were are almost at 200 signatures! Thank you all. Please keep sharing and encouraging others to sign so we can make it to 200 by Christmas. Do keep emailing the district councillor and the planning department with your views to ensure that this wonderful historical beech hedge is retained.

2017-12-13 13:28:06 +0000

Thanks to you all we have collected over 125 signatures. Please keep sharing and encouraging others in the community to sign - lets get to 200 this week!
Please do also remember to let the district council planning know your thoughts on the application here and/or contact the district councillor with your views to save the beech hedge from this development email:
Thank you!

2017-12-07 11:23:25 +0000

Thank you for supporting this petition - we've made over 100 signatures. Please keep sharing via social media, email and ask your neighbours to sign. Do also give your views on this development planning application submitted by Persimmon Homes by going to the Comments tab on
Thank you! We must give nature a voice.

2017-12-05 12:47:32 +0000

100 signatures reached

2017-12-03 08:23:34 +0000

50 signatures reached

2017-12-01 20:49:06 +0000

25 signatures reached

2017-12-01 15:39:54 +0000

10 signatures reached

2017-12-01 15:29:12 +0000

Thank you for supporting this petition. If you would like to give your views on this development planning application submitted by Persimmon Homes please go to