Category Archives: Government Affairs

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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In Dulci Jubilo…

As we approach the festive break, I’m “in sweet rejoicing” to report the delivery of one present on my Christmas List – the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee has supported our call for greater protection for ancient woodland in … Continue reading

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Lords, Ladies and the Infrastructure Bill

This week the House of Lords ended its deliberations on the Infrastructure Bill – a curious mishmash of proposed legislation addressing everything from roads to non-native species and town and country planning, and plenty of concern to environmentalists. Having debated … Continue reading

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Is better protection for ancient woodland more than just a pipe dream?

The Woodland Trust has long championed better protection for the irreplaceable habitat of ancient woodland. It’s one of the core aims of our public advocacy work. Ancient woodland is one of the few remaining living links to our ecological and archaeological … Continue reading

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Bees, Trees and Infrastructure: Having it all?

Walking into the ‘Ideas Space’ lecture area at Policy Exchange Think Tank to hear Liz Truss deliver her first set piece speech on the natural environment, it struck me that it really wasn’t that long since Owen Paterson had delivered his own … Continue reading

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Woods, trees and the party conference season: final instalment

The curtain came down on the Woodland Trust’s programme of party conference fringes with a lively event at the Lib Dem conference in Glasgow. Despite plenty of other fringes taking place at the same time and fewer delegates to go … Continue reading

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