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The Duchess of York has spoken out against "horrifying" plans for a new Amazon-style warehouse in the countryside which involves felling dozens of trees she has cherished since childhood.
Sarah Ferguson, 61, said trees in the village of Drummer, Hants, had encouraged her love of nature as a child while growing up on a farm and were the inspiration for her children's book 'The Enchanted Oak Tree', which was published last year.
But under proposals already given the green light by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, an area of land will be "brutally chopped down" for a 220,000 square-metre distribution hub thought to be used by the online giant Amazon.
In total, 67 mature oaks, three Grade A mature beech trees, plus 13 other oak trees - all of which support 2,300 species of wildlife - will be wiped out.
Calling for the plans to be halted before building work can begin, Ms Ferguson said: "Even now at 61, and as a new grandmother, I have the most vivid and happy memories of growing up on a farm in Dummer, near Basingstoke.
"I remember my father telling me always to recognise and be grateful for the beauty of our surroundings, a lesson I have carried into adulthood and passed on to my own daughters.
"One lesson he taught me in particular was to admire trees - to look up and drink in their magnificence and to feel a sense of awe at their importance in the landscape.
"To me they are always to be respected and nurtured. We need to be deeply grateful for how they support Mother Nature.
"So I was absolutely horrified to hear that approval has been given by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for a massive, 220,000 square metre warehouse - apparently to be occupied by Amazon - which will mean these trees being brutally chopped down."
The former wife of Prince Andrew also raised pollution concerns courtesy of an estimated 1,600 extra HGV movements every day as a result of the development.
"I really cannot bear the thought that anyone would think it possible to cut down these incredible trees that have inspired me for decades for storage space," she said.
"These plans must be brought to a halt before it is too late," she added, as she urged people to sign a petition opposing the plans which has attracted nearly 100,000 signatures.
Matt Thomas, on behalf of the applicant, claimed the developers have a "sustainable travel plan" worth £1.4 million, while planning agents insist there would be "no impact" visually on nearby Dummer and that the site would create 1,500 jobs.
The plans, put forward by Newlands Property Developments, were approved at a Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council meeting last month.
However, they have met backlash from scores of locals, politicians, and even councillors from Basingstoke and Deane. Six MPs, including former culture secretary Maria Miller, who has represented Basingstoke since 2005, have called on central Government to "call in" the decision.
The Telegraph has approached Amazon for comment.