Category Archives: Local Government

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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Woodland and Water – a success story in Kent

 As the Woodland Trust launches its new report ‘Stemming the flow’ here is a timely guest blog from one of our Councillor Tree Champions, Cllr Tony Harwood. “Almost 1000 properties were affected by flooding from rivers across Kent earlier this year.  However, against this … Continue reading

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Ancient Woodland Protection – Making a bad situation worse…

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

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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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Trees need more champions like these!

Earlier this month we hosted some of our new Councillor Tree Champions for an induction day with the Woodland Trust. We decided that as we work closely with a number of local authorities, it would be a great idea to … Continue reading

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A reflection on our Healthy Woods, Healthy Lives Parliamentary Reception

Yesterday afternoon, the Woodland Trust held a hugely successful reception in the Houses of Parliament to exalt the tremendous health, wellbeing and other benefits of woods and trees, to a large number of influential partners – Ministers, MPs, peers, civil … Continue reading

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Please have YOUR say on the Lobbying Bill

I’m sure most of you will have seen the negative press surrounding the Government’s misguided Transparency of Lobbying Bill – or the “gagging bill” as it has come to be referred as. If enacted in its current form, this legislation … Continue reading

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