Tag Archives: HS2

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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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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Heartening interest by EAC on ancient woodland loss from HS2

This Tuesday Richard Barnes, the Woodland Trust’s Senior Conservation Advisor, presented oral evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee as part of their very welcome Inquiry into the environmental impact of High Speed Two (HS2). This is examining the extent to … Continue reading

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On and on it seems to go (and you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone)

Thirteen weeks after the 50,000 pages of the HS2 Environmental Statement landed on my desk I can breathe a sigh of relief as I have now submitted the Woodland Trust’s response to the consultation. The ES was published with sections … Continue reading

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Please mind the gap

We know Ancient woodland is irreplaceable. Is it still being lost? Yes – despite recognition of the importance of ancient woodland it continues to be threatened by development, infrastructure projects and a gradual attrition. The full scale of threats are unknown, … 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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