Tireless campaigning finally brings success in Scotland
Large infrastructure planning applications and campaigns can last for years but it’s important not to give up hope. Our perseverance has been rewarded in Scotland, where planning for the west section of a quarry near Lanark has finally been refused.
We’ve campaigned on this site for more than seven years due to the threat to ancient woodland, and we’re delighted by the Scottish Government’s decision. Saving a piece of ancient woodland gives it a chance to thrive for generations to come.
Checking local plans saves ancient woods in Bedford
Alongside these high profile cases, we’re always responding to threats from smaller developments. These can appear in local plans - documents that define and dictate the scope of any future development in an area.
It’s especially important that local plans are checked carefully for any threats to ancient woodland. Our woods under threat detectors are fantastic at alerting us to any concerns. These threats may not always be obvious, but they can massively impact a local landscape in the long run.
We responded to the Bedford Local Plan to highlight a number of woods that, at the time, weren’t recorded on the Ancient Woodland Inventory. Six of these woods have since been confirmed as ancient. Bedford Borough Council has now adjusted the local plan to save those irreplaceable habitats, which is great news.