Category Archives: Protection

Fingers in ears

(When consultation doesn’t tell you what you wanted to hear.) The news this week that a developer has been accused of hiding ‘embarrassing opposition’ to their plans was met with a yawn at Woodland Trust HQ (before we got really … Continue reading

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One step closer: the fight to save Bluebell Wood

We are delighted to hear that an application to bulldoze ancient Bluebell Wood in Maidstone, Kent, has been refused. The plans put forward by developer Croudace were to build 500 homes adjacent to Bluebell Wood with associated access routes, but on … Continue reading

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The Infrastructure Bill – what does it mean for woods and trees?

In the second of our short series of blogs about the Infrastructure Bill, our Victoria looks at some of the main elements that concern her: Planning Changes  As the Trust’s Planning Advisor, I skipped straight to Part 3 the ‘Planning and … Continue reading

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Knowledge is Power – how to help ancient woodlands

In my voluntary role as Councillor Tree Champion for the Woodland Trust, I work with the staff to help protect ancient woodland and to identify opportunities for tree planting. In my experience as a councillor, knowledge and vigilance is key to … Continue reading

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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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Independent committee pushes HS2 to take environmental responsibility

It’s less than 3 weeks since I gave evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), yet the Committee has done an excellent job to produce an authoritative report ahead of the Second Reading of the High Speed Two (HS2) Hybrid … Continue reading

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