A resident association in Croxley Green urged councillors and the public to help protect a Grade II listed windmill.
The Windmill Drive Residents Association (WDRA), which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016, raised concerns to Croxley Green Parish Council at a meeting last month as the new owner of The Windmill has cut down in the region of 30 trees and hedges.
The ancient building has been around since 1860 and has been an iconic site in the village and home to a habitat for wildlife, including badgers, foxes, bats, birds and even muntjack deer have been spotted.
At the council meeting councillors were told that “rapid damage” has already been caused to the wildlife and habitats because of the large scale removal of these trees and hedges.
The were also urged to find “another nearby safe area” and protect it to reduce the effects of what’s gone on so far.
South of the windmill are several trees protected by Three Rivers District Council. No planning application has been submitted at the time of going to print.
Windmill Drive resident, Margaret Pereira, said: “The Windmill has recently been sold and the new owner is warmly welcomed to the Windmill Drive community. The future of The Croxley Windmill is of great importance to the whole of Croxley Green and future generations.
“It is indeed a hidden gem and we are hoping that the need for sensitive and thoughtful restoration of the fabric of the historic windmill, together with all associated environmental issues will be respected.”
The Windmill is one of 22 listed buildings in the area and one of a few windmills left in Hertfordshire.