The proposed development of the All England Lawn Tennis Clubs would cause environmental damage that could be irreparable. Wimbledon locals are preparing for an epic match, where they will take on expansion of their tennis club. Eight years of work will result in the destruction of many birds and mammals, including protected species like bats or badgers, that have thrived there for eight years. The saplings will replace the trees that have been lost and the grassland will be replanted with seed from the common area. To remove tons of silt from the lake and to introduce people to all the waterside edges, work will be done. These are homes for insects, nesting areas, and places for birds to feed. The heron gracefully flies over our roof at nightfall, and the darting bats at the other end of the spectrum is a great sight. Will they ever return?
Dr Margaret Coombe
They should not destroy Capability Brown’s amazing handiwork at Wimbledon, but have they considered moving the entire thing to the Hull area? This would be a huge step towards levelling up.