Queen Guitarist To Visit Dorset Village

Rock star Brian May will visit a Dorset village today (11/02/13) to present plans for a new woodland.

The Queen guitarist - who has become a vocal opponent of plans to cut the spread of bovine TB by culling badgers - will visit Bere Regis to meet villagers over his plans for a 155 acre site in the area of which he has recently become owner.

May says his proposals for a woodland planting scheme, in the village west of Poole, aim to create a significant wildlife safe-haven and enhanced ecological habitat on a site to the southern side of the village which was previously agricultural land.

The musician will be present in person together with his managing agents and representatives from the Forestry Commission.

A spokesman for May said: ''To prepare for this, (he) is keen to hear from all local neighbours and stakeholders on his proposals and has invited all residents of the village to an open day on Monday.''

Residents are being invited to the open day, which will be held at the Drax Hall in North Street.

May will also join a formal meeting from 7pm-9pm to talk about his passion for the project and the benefits of his proposed woodland creation scheme, which will involve the gradual transformation of intensive agricultural land to woodland and wildlife reserve.