A conservationist has claimed action to improve safety at a woodland area in Sudbury could destroy vital wildlife habitats.
George Millins says volunteers are carefully managing a site behind Sainsbury’s in Cornard Road to ensure rare plants and animals can prosper.
Last month, town councillor John Sayers said the area was becoming dangerous – with a number of trees close to collapse and damage to the perimeter fencing.
A £10,000 donation from Sainsbury’s – agreed as part of a series of conditions attached to the development of the site – could be spent on the work.
But Mr Millins, from Heath Estate in Great Waldingfield, said improving safety was not the answer.
“The site is not being neglected, the work is just very delicate as we have to look after the wildlife and plants,” he said.
“No amount of money will replace the lost habitat from when the store was built.
“The only funds that are needed are for a small tool budget so the woodland can be used as an education centre for children.”
Reptile barriers, log piles and graded banking have all been put up to encourage animals to the area, which is popular with slow worms and lizards.
Mr Millins said roe deer and badger sets had been spotted recently, and he was not keen for contractors to move on to the site, even if the aim was to make it safer.
“That could devastate the site,” he said. “There needs to be gentle maintenance and that is being managed by the conservation group that goes up there.”
Mr Millins said he was hopeful agreement could be reached with the store about managing land adjacent to Cornard Road.
“That could help replace 30 per of the lost wildlife and the area is a gem,” he said.