Bishopstoke residents to attempt world record


Bishopstokers practising for their world record attempt. Pic. James Newell

Residents in Bishopstoke are planning to dress up as trees as part of a world record-breaking protest to publicise their campaign against the Council’s Local Plan.

The protestors are upset that the Borough Council’s emerging plan will see thousands of houses and a major relief road built on countryside close to their homes on the Northern urban edge of the village posing a ‘terminal threat’ to nearby ancient woodlands.

Organiser Charlotte Adcock warns there would be widespread “irreversible environmental damage” if the the proposed development of around 5,000 new homes goes ahead.

“The plan threatens the local area as a whole, but in particular the seven remaining areas of ancient woodland within our District, and the precious ecosystem of the world renowned River Itchen.”

Adcock is hoping to recruit enough people willing to dress up as trees and help set a new Guinness world record for mass tree impersonation (currently 1,000 ‘trees’.) 

The ‘fun event’ will be held at Stoke Park Junior School, Bishopstoke on Saturday July 7 from 1.30 -3pm.

 To take part in this unique event, or for more info, contact Charlotte or Mark on 07775 693994.