So we are barely out of the draft Environmental Statement consultation for Phase 1 of High Speed 2 and Boom! We are launched into the Y route consultation.
The Y route is the section of HS2 that will link up the north of the country into the current route proposed between London and Birmingham. Yesterday we were informed by Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport that we have now entered a 6 month consultation phase that will close on January 31st 2014.
The second half of the consultation will be accompanied by a series of public information events that will run from mid-October 2013 to early January 2014.
These events are where you can review local information and speak directly with HS2 Ltd staff about the proposals. And if things run the same way as on phase 1, you will also be able to meet fellow campaigners at these events too. (Though we suggest you seek them out before then. Stop HS2 are good for putting you in touch)
When it comes to these information sessions, the Woodland Trust recommends that you prepare for the conversations you will need to have about the local ancient woods and important trees that stand directly on or close to this route. The current proposed route from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds will cause direct loss to 12 more ancient woods with a further 22 ancient woods remaining at ‘indirect’ risk. 5 ancient trees are also directly threatened by the Y-route of HS2.
Is yours one of them? Or are you just not sure? Then drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org We can help you.
The Woodland Trust has produced a toolkit to inform you about why ancient woods are of national importance and irreplaceable. It will help you to protect the woods and trees affected by the proposed route. It also shows you what your local community can do to include woods and trees in your plans and campaigns. And acts as a ‘crib sheet’ when you are meeting HS2 Ltd or responding to written consultations.
The toolkit includes complimentary, downloadable factsheets to help with explaining the impact of High Speed 2 on wildlife and why we need woods and trees in our landscapes. Toolkits are available for free from the Woodland Trust campaigning team.
With this announcement there are now 33 directly affected ancient woods for the entire route, covering a combined area of 622ha – almost three times the size of London’s Olympic Park. Plus 8 ancient trees, which are habitats in their own right.
These woods need you to be their voice. Please stand with the thousands of others already fighting for ancient woodland along phase 1 of the route and help us to try and stop this destruction of our natural, irreplaceable habitats. If we do not challenge this route, HS2 can never truly be ‘green’ transport and the woods will be destroyed forever.
Read our press release