“Well done”, perhaps not the first thing you would expect to hear someone saying to the local community groups and others that today received the news that the High Court has rejected 9 out of their 10 objections to the HS2 High Speed Rail Scheme.
While today’s news is indeed extremely saddening for those involved, particularly given the hours, finances and resources they have already invested, the message of “well done for standing up for your communities” should not be forgotten.
Here at the Woodland Trust we believe that listening to the local communities is vital as Government presses ahead with the HS2 proposals. We are already engaging with many local groups, working together to help ensure that each community is aware of the threat to their ancient woodland while providing them with the tools and resources to help make the best out of what is happening.
So while today’s ruling does bring us a step closer to the possibility of ancient woodland and trees being cut down, our message to the local communities is remain upbeat, keep pushing and we will stand with you, for the sake of the irreplaceable habitats involved.