Category Archives: Woods Under Threat

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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NPPF Inquiry: two years on, how is the new planning framework performing?

The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Select Committee launched an Inquiry into the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) last Friday. The Committee, chaired by Clive Betts MP aims to scrutinise the operation of the NPPF on three key areas: … Continue reading

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There is a hole in the NPPF bigger than in Homer’s do-nut!

Every time the Woodland Trust talks about the threats to ancient woodland – whether through campaigners sending emails, our experts giving evidence at enquiries such as the HS2 Environmental Audit Committee or at meetings with key figures within Defra, Government … Continue reading

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Are you talking to me? Who to consult about planning applications

Last year 422,900 planning applications were decided in England at district level, with almost 9 out of every 10 (346,800) of these applications being granted. Two thirds of these applications classed as major were decided within thirteen weeks of submission … Continue reading

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Heartening interest by EAC on ancient woodland loss from HS2

This Tuesday Richard Barnes, the Woodland Trust’s Senior Conservation Advisor, presented oral evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee as part of their very welcome Inquiry into the environmental impact of High Speed Two (HS2). This is examining the extent to … Continue reading

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Outstanding advice now published

Natural England first published its excellent Standing Advice for Ancient Woodland back in May 2012 and the Trust has found it outstanding for planning casework in the South-east, the only region to which it then applied. However, a revision was … Continue reading

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Ever decreasing circles… the Government appear ignorant of their failure to protect our ancient woods

Our recently launched campaign urges Government to increase protection for our irreplaceable ancient woodland. It is aimed at David Cameron and identifies eight low or no cost measures that could quickly be put in place to set this in motion. … Continue reading

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