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Campaigns update: HS2 review takes centre stage

We've a big focus on HS2 right now, as well as continuing to fight for all woods under threat. This month we're also meeting with MPs and taking action for climate change. Find out how you can help.

Thousands call for environmental review of HS2

This month, we’ve been blown away by our wonderful supporters. You have come out in your thousands to help us tell Government that the HS2 review must consider the project’s environmental impact. Thank you.

It’s simply not enough to look at the financial expense of the infrastructure. The spiralling environmental costs must be considered. Despite the project’s uncertain future, damaging works are beginning. It’s a travesty.

Your voice has already had a huge impact. After just one week of campaigning, HS2 was back in the news and the remit of the review was officially released. It will look at the environment – but only the benefits it will bring. We need them to consider the damage to the 108 ancient and irreplaceable woodlands that are currently threatened. We won’t rest while these habitats are still at risk.

Thank you to the 19,000 people who have joined our calls so far. If you’ve not yet taken part, there’s still time. Complete our simple form to ask Government to review HS2's environmental impact.

Vicar's Coppice is one of many precious ancient woodlands threatened by HS2 (Photo: Philip Formby / WTML)
Vicar's Coppice is one of many precious ancient woodlands threatened by HS2 (Photo: Philip Formby / WTML)

Cheltenham Oaks threatened again

You may remember the long running case of the Cheltenham Oaks featured in last November’s blog. Back then we were celebrating as the planning application had been refused and the veteran oak trees were saved.

But the case has been taken to appeal and the developers have claimed that the veteran trees don’t deserve their status. We disagree! Having given evidence at the hearing in mid-August, we’re now waiting for the final decision. We’ll keep you updated.

Our All Party meeting is in the diary

Looking to the month ahead, we’re preparing for our next meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ancient Woods and Trees on 11 September.

This group has been critical in bringing about policy change to improve protection for our most precious trees and woods. We need to consider the group's next steps. We also need  to look at whether its remit should extend to all trees in the face of climate change and increasing threats from pests and disease. We’re need to elect a new chair too, as Rebecca Pow MP has had to resign due to ministerial duties.

You can help by asking your MP to attend the meeting.

Despite the uncertainty in Westminster, we’re still planning this important meeting. If we do need to postpone it we'll let all the invited MPs know, so no action will be necessary on your part.  

Supporting the Global Climate Strike

On Friday 20 September, we’re supporting the Global Climate Strike. The event is being organised by the UK Student Climate Network which is demanding action on climate change.

Climate change and the environmental crisis pose huge threats to woods and trees. Challenges from pests, diseases, changing seasons and extreme weather are increasing.

Trees are also a key part of the solution, playing an essential role in locking away carbon and providing essential habitats.

It’s so important, we’re encouraging our staff to take action in solidarity with the strikes. We’ll be joining them on the streets, cycling to work, going meat free and finding other ways to make a difference. Could you do the same?

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