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Is better protection for ancient woodland more than just a pipe dream?

The Woodland Trust has long championed better protection for the irreplaceable habitat of ancient woodland. It’s one of the core aims of our public advocacy work. Ancient woodland is one of the few remaining living links to our ecological and archaeological … Continue reading

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History in the making – the next chapter in the story of ancient woods

A precious historical artefact nestles deep in the recesses of my filing cabinet – a full set of paper copies of the original Ancient Woodland Inventory for England. The reports, compiled county by county, contain hundreds of copies of maps, … Continue reading

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Are you talking to me? Who to consult about planning applications

Last year 422,900 planning applications were decided in England at district level, with almost 9 out of every 10 (346,800) of these applications being granted. Two thirds of these applications classed as major were decided within thirteen weeks of submission … Continue reading

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Outstanding advice now published

Natural England first published its excellent Standing Advice for Ancient Woodland back in May 2012 and the Trust has found it outstanding for planning casework in the South-east, the only region to which it then applied. However, a revision was … 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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A facelift for the Ancient Woodland Inventory?

Exciting times, as a new chapter may be about to open in our understanding of ancient woodland – leading to better protection for this most precious resource.  On Wednesday last week the Woodland Trust attended a workshop organised by Natural … Continue reading

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Ancient woodland – to designate or not to designate?

Ancient woodland is our richest land-based wildlife habitat, as well as one of the most important cultural links to our past, and once lost, cannot be replaced.  That’s why we’re calling on the Prime Minister to deliver better protection for … Continue reading

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