Category Archives: England

Are we making progress on better protection for ancient woodland?

As we head towards the Easter break there is a real feel that spring is properly here, although it’s perhaps a little too early to talk of summer (climate change notwithstanding). But, in those places where an institutionalised approach to … Continue reading

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Natural values and the value of nature

“Nature underpins our economy and is central to our wellbeing.” Not the words of a green organisation but those of the Government’s independent advisory body on the state of natural capital, the Natural Capital Committee (NCC). Launching their second State … Continue reading

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Has Owen Gone Off-piste on Offsetting?

Owen Paterson (Secretary of State for the Environment at Defra) has moved the discussion about biodiversity offsetting both back up the agenda and backwards too, with his comments reported on Saturday that ancient woodland could be part of an offsetting … Continue reading

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50,000 shades of grey

The final environmental statement for phase one of High Speed 2 finally arrived on the 25th November 2013.  We all knew it was going to be big, but no one was quite prepared for how difficult it was going to … Continue reading

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Smithy Wood: When a village is turned green

The case for not building in ancient Smithy Wood is clear; there is no environmental case, a contentious business case and from what I have experienced, very limited public support. In fact I’m still waiting to hear from a single … Continue reading

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A gap in grants affects everyone

Planting and establishing trees takes quite a bit of planning, particularly if you are looking for grant aid to support the planting – and most planting schemes above 1 hectare (ha) in size are supported in this way to some … Continue reading

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Fine talk needs fine action

In its 2013 response to the Independent Panel on Forestry, Government stated that it believed there was scope for expanding England’s woodland cover significantly. It is a shame that such positive rhetoric seems to have quickly disappeared as the spectre of … Continue reading

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Biodiversity Offsetting – Thank you, everyone

Many thanks to all of you who took part in our recent Offsetting campaign! Over 900 Trust supporters had their say about plans for a scheme in England through one or more of our 4 campaign options, and, to make … Continue reading

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OK Defra: offset this!

What do you ‘value’ about your local environment? It’s the final day of our latest campaign, so we are urging everyone who loves woods and trees to think about what it is that you value about the habitats near you, … Continue reading

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Biodiversity Offsetting – create, restore, manage; what is acceptable as compensation?

In my previous blogs I have talked about compensatory habitat as though it will always be newly created habitat, but that is not the only option. In fact, any conservation activity could be counted towards compensation; but then that raises … Continue reading

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