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Balsam Bash! Thu, 2020-07-30 12:31

This morning we ventured into the woods with some of our intrepid volunteers to do some balsam bashing! It was raining but it did not deter us and we had great fun….

So much so that we are arranging another get together in a couple of weeks to do some more.

See if you can spot our volunteers on some of these pictures and come along and join us next time!

Ecology Report for Rotary Wood Mon, 2020-03-23 12:46

We have now received our commissioned Ecology Report that outlines the full impact of the planned development of Rotary Wood. It also raises a number of concerns regarding the Harrogate Spring Water commissioned report undertaken last year. This report has been submitted to Harrogate Council as additional information to support our objection.

Council Protection for The Pinewoods Extended Thu, 2020-03-05 15:58

Harrogate based conservation charity Pinewoods Conservation Group (PCG) has been granted a renewal of its Asset of Community Value designation for the Pinewood, Harrogate. The Pinewoods, including Rotary Woods and Irongate Field, was first offered additional protection under the Localism Act in 2015 for an initial 5 years. This extension, the 1st ever granted by Harrogate Council, will see this protection extended to March 2025.

What Does Harrogate Council Earn via Harrogate Spring Water? Sun, 2020-03-01 12:59

We are repeatedly asked about potential conflicts of interest within Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) regarding the Harrogate Spring Water Limited (HSWL) planning application. HBC is of course planning authority and landowner. It also reported that the council has a continued financial interest in terms of revenue linked to turnover.

The majority of information is deemed to be confidential but what we know as below.

How to Raise a Formal Objection to Planning Proposal: 19/05245/DVCMAJ Thu, 2020-02-20 17:21

We are now asking our members and supporters to raise a formal objection to the variation for an increased extension to the Harrogate Spring Water Limited plant.

This can be done via the portal or via email as outlined below.

Notes from Rotary Wood Meeting Thu, 2020-02-20 15:27

On Wed 22nd January a meeting was held between Harrogate Spring Water, Harrogate Rotary and Pinewoods Conservation Group to discuss the Rotary Wood planning application and to discuss concerns. A copy of the notes from the meeting is now available to download as below.

A thank you to Harrogate Civics Society for offering to take the notes.

Support for Rotary Wood from TV & Radio Expert - Press Release Sat, 2020-01-18 08:26

Charity disputes claims on quality of trees as part of planning dispute.

Harrogate based conservation charity Pinewoods Conservation Group (PCG) has disputed claims that Rotary Wood is not a successful woodland that has been supported by a leading horticultural expert. Rotary Wood is currently under threat by Harrogate Spring Water Limited (HSWL) who plan to extend their current bottling plant into wood destroying up to 4 acres of woodland.

Questions on Rotary Wood Sun, 2020-01-12 10:38

We know our campaign to protect Rotary Wood is generating lots of questions so we've tried to address them here. If there are any further questions then please let us know via email or social media. Our main priorities are to ensure this issue is debated and that any actions are carried out in an open and transparent way.

Q1: Have you raised with your MP and what is their view? A1: Yes, we wrote on 3rd January and await reply. Mr Jones was involved in the original planting.

Launch of Crowd Justice Fund Thu, 2020-01-02 14:47

We are seeking to challenge development of around 4 acres of the Pinewoods to allow for expansion of Harrogate Spring Water. The planned development on an area known locally as Rotary (or Centenary) Wood will see the plastic bottling plant double in size. See for more details.

Dec 2019 Update - Consultation on Rotary Wood Development Sat, 2019-11-16 18:48

***Updated Dec 2019 *** Image of plans now received and available as below.

*** Updated Nov 2019 ***

A recent consultation event took place on 8th Nov with revised plans. We have formally asked for copies of these plans for sharing with members. A full update will be shared on receipt.


Outline application for the extension to existing bottling facility by Harrogate Spa Water Limited on Harlow Moor Road Harrogate North Yorkshire HG2 0QB

This page summarises the main plans and current questions we have. The page will be updated as and when more information is made available but please share your thoughts.

Site Overview (via Tim Cook Harrogate Informer), Rotary Stone


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