Category Archives: Northern Ireland

Please have YOUR say on the Lobbying Bill

I’m sure most of you will have seen the negative press surrounding the Government’s misguided Transparency of Lobbying Bill – or the “gagging bill” as it has come to be referred as. If enacted in its current form, this legislation … Continue reading

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A truly historic week for Northern Ireland, and I don’t mean the G8

Whilst all the headlines this week have been dominated by the meeting of World Leaders at the G8 in Enniskillen, a truly momentous change has happened in Northern Ireland, restoring much-needed protection to the Province’s unique woodland heritage. On 17 … Continue reading

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WuT you like to identify unmapped ancient woodland?

A common question that we get in the Woods under Threat Team is “how can you identify if a wood is ancient?” The Ancient Woodland Inventory was created in the 1980′s and it shows most ancient woodland that is over two … Continue reading

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WuT you like an update?

I have just completed a bi-monthly update of our Woods under Threat cases, and with all my recent posts I thought you all might like to see a brief overview of the threats that vulnerable ancient woods are currently facing, or have fought off (sometimes … Continue reading

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WuT you like to help

We know we are not being told about all of the planning applications that are destroying and damaging ancient woodland in the UK. As you will have seen from my previous two posts, WuT you like to know and WuT … Continue reading

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WuT you like to see?

With the creation of the new Woods under Threat (WuT) database that has been mentioned in my previous post it has meant that we are now able to analyse the data that we have collected over the last 10 years across the … Continue reading

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Trees in the spotlight at Stormont

Trees and woods have been high on the political agenda recently. Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill MLA visited Drumlamph Wood.  Just outside Maghera, Drumlamph is one of our rare and precious ancient woodlands, buffered by thousands of recently planted native trees. … Continue reading

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Campaigning with inks, chalks and oils

The ‘Creative’ corner on our website has been quietly amassing an impressive body of work. There are lots of ways to make a change for the better – from simply raising an alarm and building awareness of an issue, to directly influencing … Continue reading

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Still woodwatching at Stansted

It took ten years of campaigning and a change of Government before the plans which threatened 6 ancient woods on the outskirts of Stansted airport were finally put to bed.  The Coalition’s ‘Programme for Government’ stated there would be no … Continue reading

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Election promises fade as the Forest Service cuts targets

In the run up to the Northern Ireland Assembly election in May, three of the political parties pledged to increase forest cover in Northern Ireland. At the Trust we welcomed the strong democratic mandate tree planting enjoys at Stormont and called … Continue reading

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