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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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The meaning of spring

Journalists often ask me ‘what does spring mean to you?’ and there is perhaps more to that question than first meets the eye, with both technical and social definitions of the word “spring” in common usage. Definitions of spring Meteorologists … 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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Fascinating new book on Brede High Woods

Patrick Roper is an ecologist who has worked with the Woodland Trust for a number of years. He has recently written a book on the wonders of Brede High Woods, below is his review: “I was very excited when the … Continue reading

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Silver birch – Betula pendula

Due to their desirable features and aesthetic value, silver birch trees are often planted in gardens and it is in exactly this location that I fondly recall my first memories of this species. At my family home in Kent we … Continue reading

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Please have YOUR say on the Lobbying Bill

I’m sure most of you will have seen the negative press surrounding the Government’s misguided Transparency of Lobbying Bill – or the “gagging bill” as it has come to be referred as. If enacted in its current form, this legislation … Continue reading

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Angela Smith MP’s passion for saving Smithy Wood

Angela Smith MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, has a number of much cherished Ancient Woods in her constituency, including Smithy Wood, which is sadly under threat from development. She is also Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and … Continue reading

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