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Campaign update: changes to planning legislation and more

But first, let’s begin with a big thank you!

More than 7000 of you have added your voice to our campaign, and had your say on Network Rail’s lineside strategy. The review itself was the result of a 100,000 strong petition raising concerns over Network Rail’s current management of lineside vegetation.

The campaign drew attention to Network Rail’s lack of biodiversity targets and low levels of replacement planting as well as its overall approach. Your responses, as always, have been essential.

Planning changes come into effect!

There has been a change to planning legislation from the 1st October which we need to take note of.

The window for responding to planning applications has shortened as applicants will need to be notified of any pre-commencement conditions (conditions which must be completed before works can start) 10 days before a decision is made.

This means our responses to planning applications must be submitted within the consultation period provided. The knock on effect of the changes is that the Woods Under Threat team will need to know about any threats to ancient woods and trees as soon as possible; else our comments may not be taken into consideration by the Council.

Mulberry relocation in Tower Hamlets

Despite the added protection of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) a veteran black mulberry in Tower Hamlets has been approved for translocation to make way for a housing development.

We opposed this development as we hold concerns for the tree’s long term health if moved.

We will be keeping a very close eye on the outcome of the translocation and the welfare of the black mulberry to see if it survives the ordeal.

If you spot any similar threats to ancient woods or trees, you can let us know before it’s too late.

Whitmore Wood  (Photo: Rob Fraser)
Whitmore Wood (Photo: Rob Fraser)

HS2 – the ongoing campaign

During September some of our team visited Whitmore Wood on the HS2 phase 2a route with the Somewhere Nowhere artists Harriet and Rob Fraser.

Harriet and Rob previously collaborated with the Trust on our Charter project. Keep an eye out for the work inspired by the gravely threatened wood on the Somewhere Nowhere website and Trust social media channels.

You can still add your voice to our campaign asking Nusrat Ghani, the HS2 minister, to step in and stop the proposed destruction of our ancient woodland.

We are continuing to fight on behalf of ancient woodlands every day and need your help. From adding your voice to our campaigns to telling us about a threat, everyone can get involved. Together we can fight for our ancient woods and protect them for future generations. Thank you, once again, for your continued support.

We can only protect the trees and woods we know about!

Tell us about a threat