Author Archives: Oliver Newham

About Oliver Newham

Senior Campaigner Ancient Woodland

Will the veterans have their day?

A big decision faces Nottingham City Council’s planning committee this afternoon. Do they approve the University of Nottingham’s plan for a new £2-3 million sports centre as it is? On the face of it, it sounds an easy decision. New … Continue reading

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Highways England – what’s that?

Ever heard of HS2 Ltd? Why yes, you say – it’s that company in charge of building the country’s second high speed railway straight through some of our most precious habitats and threatening, at latest count, 83 ancient woods. How … Continue reading

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Hit the Road Jack

The usual mixture of triumph, alarm and gnashing of teeth greeted the publication of the Government’s Roads Investment Strategy earlier this week. Strong reaction to the laying of an additional 1,300 miles of tarmac was heard from both sides, with … 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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Expect fireworks on Halloween this year

As the High Speed Rail Preparation Bill, the legislation that paves the way for the controversial HS2 scheme, passes to Report Stage in the Commons this week, Government Affairs Officer Steve Mulligan provides our take on the Bill’s passage and … Continue reading

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Smithy Wood – Community Unites

While doubling the amount of national parks in his nation, an old American president once said that ‘there can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country’. He wasn’t far wrong. It was something else he once … Continue reading

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To all 6,076 of you, thank you!

That’s how many of our supporters took the trouble in just 14 days to respond to our quick poll about the new public forest estate management organisation, proposed details of which were announced by the Forestry Commission in August. We … Continue reading

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