It has been great to have your support – over 10,000 of you contributed to our campaign asking the Government to provide better protection for ancient and veteran trees. Thank you so much for all your thoughts - you have sent the Government thousands of wonderful comments. Here is just a taste:
Every ancient tree is a history lesson. Many of them are older than our revered historic buildings. Just as you can't go out and plant compensation ancient woodland, you can't plant substitute ancient trees.
Ancient trees are an irreplaceable part of our landscape. Now more than ever we need to protect them as they serve as pillars of the ecosystem. The invertebrate and mammalian communities that live and thrive in and around ancient trees must be protected.
Ancient trees and ancient woodland are our history, our lungs and our children's future.
In total, the Government received over 27,000 representations on the draft NPPF, and it aims to produce the final document by late July 2018. That is a huge amount of information to wade through in a short period of time.
What do we do now?
We must keep up the pressure to ensure that ancient woodland and ancient trees are at the forefront of their minds. We are nearly there with ancient woodland - the current draft promises the ‘wholly exceptional’ protection that ancient woodland needs and for which we have long lobbied. We just need to keep working with our supporters and our friends in Parliament to get the same protection for ancient and veteran trees.