Tag Archives: Government

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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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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Expect fireworks on Halloween this year

As the High Speed Rail Preparation Bill, the legislation that paves the way for the controversial HS2 scheme, passes to Report Stage in the Commons this week, Government Affairs Officer Steve Mulligan provides our take on the Bill’s passage and … Continue reading

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HS2, round 2

So we are barely out of the draft Environmental Statement consultation for Phase 1 of High Speed 2 and Boom! We are launched into the Y route consultation. The Y route is the section of HS2 that will link up … Continue reading

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An impassioned defence of Ancient Woodland in the face of HS2

Woodland Trust supporter and committed tree enthusiast, Michael Fabricant MP today led a passionate 90 minute adjournment debate in Parliament highlighting our concerns about the devastating impact the proposed HS2 route will have on our nation’s ancient woodland.   Michael … Continue reading

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HS2: threatened communities come together

On Saturday 29th June our campaigning team took part in the StopHS2 Convention, an event aimed at community groups affected by the planned route. Based at the Staffordshire Showground, the irony was not lost on anyone that the beautiful site … Continue reading

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New environmental indicators announced

You may have missed it; yesterday the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs launched the England Natural Environment Indicators. Yeah, we all go, what? Why? Well the why is easy to answer, the Coalition Government in the Natural … Continue reading

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