The refusal of the ’Black Route’ M4 relief road proposal is a milestone. This decision is an action that matches the political rhetoric.
It also supports the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act; the government’s 2015 pledge to consider the long term impacts of its decisions. And it’s particularly poignant right now when a climate emergency has been declared.
We’ll keep campaigning for other damaging infrastructure projects to go the same way in our bid to defend ancient woods and trees.
964 ancient woods remain under threat
Elsewhere, the fight continues. Sadly, we continue to deal with swathes of new threat cases every month. Right now 964 ancient woods are under threat. And that number keeps going up. Threats include large infrastructure projects and smaller developments, like housing and poultry farms.
Large infrastructure projects don’t follow the same process as planning applications dealt with by local authorities. Projects like the M4 and HS2 are considered ‘exceptional’ developments and so don’t have the protections of planning policy. But you can help make a difference.
Join the mass lobby!
To fight these threats, we need to lobby our MPs and central government to prioritise environmental protection. With the decision to scrap the M4 relief road, Wales is leading the way - but there is still a lot to do.
Join us in London on Wednesday 26 June for The Time is Now mass lobby. Together with The Climate Coalition and Greener UK, we’re asking MPs to take action on climate change before it’s too late.
This is your chance to tell your MP why you believe environmental laws and protections need to be bold and ambitious. Tell them face to face why the environment should be their priority.
Ancient woods really are exceptional. We can only secure their futures with your help.