Woodhouse Copse, Isle of Wight: On your TV screens tonight (updated)

Ancient woodlands that has been turned into ‘shanty town’ will be the feature of the Inside Out magazine programme on BBC1 tonight (Monday) from 7.30pm.

Woodhouse Copse - Video - Jun 2016

BBC1 South’s Inside Out magazine programme will be featuring the Isle of Wight tonight (Monday) from 7.30pm (catch up on iPlayer).

The programme will feature Woodhouse Copse, woodland in Whippingham that is now owned privately and has been developed as a camp site and for storing abandoned vehicles and other waste materials.

IW Ramblers: “Rural vandalism”
As OnTheWight reported earlier this year, IW CPRE say what has taken place in this ancient woodland is a form of rural vandalism and IW Ramblers say the site now resembles a shanty town and tip.

David Howarth, Vice Chairman IW Ramblers said

“We inspected this woodland in 2014 when enforcement action was taken. There has been further development since this time.

“It now resembles a shanty town and a tip.”

Chairman of IW Branch of CPRE, Alex Haig-Thomas, said,

“Woodhouse Copse is in an AONB and a part of it is SSSI. The woodland is highly prized by the local community who have a right under CROW 2002 to access it.

“Mr Kirk [the owner] has no felling or thinning licence and is being investigated for illegal dumping of waste. The CPRE stands firmly against this form of rural vandalism.”

Tune into BBC1 from 7.30pm to see the feature.

Article edit
Link to iPlayer programme added

Image: © Keila Pallares

Monday, 10th October, 2016 7:00am


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Whether it’s parking or fly-tipping, dog-mess or driving while on the phone, people just do as they please. As long as the authorities are kept busy scraping around for the last penny, anti-social slobs will get away with it, secure in the knowledge that there is now no effective law-enforcement in this country, just debt- and fine-collection. Ken Livingstone for President! (I believe Mussolini is no longer… Read more »

I agree with most of what you said but even in jest as Ken is far Left and Mussolini far Right that doesn’t make a lot of sense.


Well , have just watched this, and what a professional ,sensible ,informative interview with IWC – the media must really love a story from the island !

The interview I did included the meetings I have had with the environment agency, natural England, the forestry commission and planning enforcement and the multi agency approach we were taking. For legal reasons the one question I could not answer, and the BBC fully understood, was relating to the impending legal action yet they chose to use only the question they knew I was prohibited from answering.… Read more »

I hope the magistrate has taken some action along the lines if you don’t sort it out within 3 months the land will be taken away and transferred to an appropriate trust.