120k trees in fairytale forest felled to make way for wind farm

120k trees in fairytale forest felled to make way for wind farm

Conservationists in Germany are incensed as 120,000 trees in an ancient forest have started to be felled in order to make way for a wind farm.

The forest in Sababurg, Reinhardswald, which is in the central German state of Hesse, is said to be an inspiration for the Brothers Grimm mythical tales, but now it’s being destroyed to facilitate the country’s latest green energy project.

The site of the tree-toppling is next to the famous Sleeping Beauty Castle, which takes its name due to its fairytale architecture and its proximity to the mystical forest.

However, now the castle will be in close proximity to a field of wind turbines.

Ralf Paschold, a wind energy entrepreneur, pointing at the wind farm site from the castle, told Deutsche Welle: "For the next 30 years. I will produce energy there."

Responding to the claim that his development will destroy the natural environment, he said: "The dormouse, the bats, the birds, the small salamander. I will protect them. Because my heart is beating for them. But we can bring all these things together. It's easy."

However, campaigners are not convinced Mr Paschold will adequately maintain the local ecosystem.

Annette Müller-Zietzke, an occupational therapist and member of the campaign ‘Save the Reinhardswald’ told the same outlet: “Legally, this area is forest as long as all of this is here”.

It was noted that visitors aren't even allowed to pitch a tent in the forest due to the risk it poses to the habitat of the animals living there.

Miss Müller-Zietzke added that no human would willingly choose to live directly under a wind turbine.

She went on: "And then, for these species that are even more sensitive than we are, we just say, 'It probably doesn't matter.' In times of probably the greatest loss of biodiversity since the extinction of the dinosaurs, this is a terrible, fatal development."