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Two things struck me as I went for my usual evening walk last night. Firstly, and metaphorically, I was struck by the feeling that we are now in ‘deep summer’ as heralded by the murmuring of the combine harvester that … Continue reading
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
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
Our ancient woodlands have scant protection from development – whether it’s roads, quarries, housing or major infrastructure. We are losing ancient woods year-on-year. We know this because we are contacted by individuals and communities up and down the country, many … Continue reading
Owen Paterson (Secretary of State for the Environment at Defra) has moved the discussion about biodiversity offsetting both back up the agenda and backwards too, with his comments reported on Saturday that ancient woodland could be part of an offsetting … Continue reading
My head is still full of new ideas, information and insights from our conference on Thursday 27th June on “Chalara, Other Threats and Resilient Woodland Landscapes”. The Woodland Trust set the event up, working with Defra, to bring together a … Continue reading