A PUBLIC meeting to discuss potentially controversial conservation measures on a Winchester meadow will be held on Tuesday June 19.

The plans by the Hampshire Wildlife Trust are designed to improve the habitat of St Faith’s Meadows, which are classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

One key issue is the fate of many trees, which a recent report has identified as a key factor in the meadow’s decline.

Poplars, an alien species, are targeted by the report for having “encouraged the increasing dominance of nettles by drying out the ground.”

Natural England considers the decline to have been so severe that area has been described as “unfavourably declining.”

The meeting will take place at the Hospital of St Cross Hospital from 7-8.30 pm and will include a panel session allowing for public discussion.