Conservation officers in Scotland have mentioned the coastal sand dunes at Donald Trump’s Aberdeenshire golf resort have misplaced their particular standing as a protected environmental web site.
NatureScot, Scotland’s nature company, mentioned that following development of the Trump Worldwide Golf Hyperlinks course at Menie, north of Aberdeen, the dunes not “advantage being retained as a part of the positioning of particular scientific curiosity”.
The sand dunes had been a “high-quality instance” of a geological system attribute of north-east Scotland, the company mentioned.
But it surely mentioned that regardless of nature conservation work by the Trump golf course to guard the uncommon habitats and crops remaining on the positioning, “there may be now not a purpose to guard the dunes at Menie as they don’t embrace sufficient of the particular, pure options for which they have been designated”.
Bob Ward, the coverage and communications director on the London Faculty of Economics’ local weather change analysis institute, mentioned: “It is a bitterly disappointing determination, which reveals that golf nonetheless trumps the surroundings relating to Scotland’s pure heritage. This a part of the Aberdeenshire coast had a powerful sand dune system that was of nice geological curiosity, and was protected as a web site of particular scientific curiosity.”
Ward, who has been intently following the environmental influence of the Trump course, mentioned the information “opened the door to additional hurt to the remaining dunes from the development of a second Trump golf course on the web site”.
Scottish authorities have authorised plans for a second Trump golf course subsequent to the unique one on his Menie property, which opened in 2012.
The present golf course and luxurious lodge on the property haven’t been worthwhile since they opened.
The Trump Group has been approached for remark however has not but responded.