Tag Archives: Consultation

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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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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Scotland’s national tree – Scots pine?

The Scottish Government is considering whether Scotland should have its own national tree, and if so, what species should be chosen. We’ve invited advocates for six species to give the case for their tree of choice. In the last of … Continue reading

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Scotland’s national tree – juniper?

The Scottish Government is considering whether Scotland should have its own national tree, and if so, what species should be chosen. The iconic Scots pine is an obvious choice for this accolade, but there are other candidates. We’ve invited advocates … Continue reading

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Scotland’s national tree – Catacol whitebeam?

The Scottish Government is considering whether Scotland should have its own national tree, and if so, what species should be chosen. The iconic Scots pine is an obvious choice for this accolade but there are other candidates. We’ve invited advocates … 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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Biodiversity Offsetting – biophilia or biophobia (love nature or loathe it)?

With a scathing view of the Government’s proposals, John Clarkson provides our final guest post in this series about plans for a Biodiversity Offsetting scheme. Having spent twenty years working for conservation NGOs, John has been a lecturer in Wildlife Conservation … Continue reading

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Two years without new tree planting grants in England!

*Update! Our petition is now live! Please join more than 25,000 others and back our call* In all of the talk about Common Agricultural Policy reform over the last few months including all those technical policy concepts such as greening, modulation and … Continue reading

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