Planning – we’re in The Guardian

Have you read the Guardian blog from the Woodland Trust’s new Head of Conservation, Austin Brady?

It looks at the recently revised national planning policy framework (NPPF) and the loophole that ensures our ancient woodland is still at risk. It considers the new national Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in light of Oaken Wood, an important site that our Woods Under Threat team and communities across the country are fighting hard to protect. What does the NPPF mean for this and many other irreplaceable woods?

The Guardian’s blog is now closed for comment, but if you would like to have your say please add it here…

About Kay Haw

Assistant Conservation Adviser, Woodland Trust. Nature is my passion, especially woods and trees which are just amazing elements of life. One day (soon) I hope we humans learn to work in harmony with Mother Earth.
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6 Responses to Planning – we’re in The Guardian

  1. Joanna Dunne says:

    Everyone in the UK needs to do what they can to ensure the protection of our vital woodland. In reality we shouldn’t need to keep telling the Government to protect woodland as they should already realise its importance and the fact that it needs continual protection, but that’s the Government for you as Martin Bailey has said.

  2. Kaye Brennan says:

    Thanks for your comment, Geoffrey. Housing is a real issue for woods under threat and makes up a large section of our Katy’s chart, which shows the nature of threats we have fought over the last 10 years In our experience it’s roads and utilities like telecommunications, gas, water and electricity which can cause larger loss of and damage to ancient woodland; one case can often impact on several individual woods (see the Beauly-Denny powerlines in Scotland for example). And mineral extraction can be worse in many ways, especially as quarries are such bad neighbours for ancient woods!
    The NPPF at least states that ancient woodland should be protected from development that clearly can be sited elsewhere, so we’d expect applications for housing in or next to ancient woodland to be easily refused – like so many things it’s about how this works in practice. What is for sure though is that the UK’s remaining woods and trees need all of us to give them a voice, whatever the threat – now more than ever…

  3. Geofffrey Hannam says:

    I think that all woodland should have greater protection, especially ancient woodland. Also, many new woodlands should be created.One thing worries me, it is uncontrolled migration into this country. This is because million more people mean millions more houses with means the destruction of millions of trees. If migration was brought to zero then maybe the destruction of woodland would cease because there wouldn’t be a “need” for development.

  4. Alice Farr says:

    If you liked this blog you might be interested in catching up with Austin’s next interview on Meridian TV –

  5. Kaye Brennan says:

    Thanks for your comment, Martin and welcome! Yes, seems as if the ‘Greenest Government Ever’ continues to fall very short of its own ambitions, sadly – so much could have been achieved. Looks like it’s up to us all to be the voice trees need…

  6. It is disgraceful that our ancient woodlands are still so poorly protected. And about time that this government tried to live up to its claim of being green. I am not party political, but it does seem that the Tories only care about themselves, their cronies, and money. If the environment gets in the way, they just find a way around it.

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