Category Archives: WoodWatch

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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Hit the Road Jack

The usual mixture of triumph, alarm and gnashing of teeth greeted the publication of the Government’s Roads Investment Strategy earlier this week. Strong reaction to the laying of an additional 1,300 miles of tarmac was heard from both sides, with … 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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Stories from the Campaigner’s Postbag

We love to hear from our supporters – each month we receive hundreds of messages about concerns for locally cherished woods and trees which come under threat from the bulldozer.  If you are worried about a tree or a wood … Continue reading

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Has Owen Gone Off-piste on Offsetting?

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

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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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