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Collecting and removing firewood: is it legal?

by Rachel Hoskins, Content Editor on 22 January 2019

Ever wondered whether you can collect firewood from one of our woods? Find out how to source sustainable wood and why we chop down trees in our woods.

Network rail review holds promise for the environment

by Nick Atkinson, Senior Advisor on 30 November 2018

A review of Network Rail's lineside management has eased our earlier concerns. But we’ll be keeping a close eye on progress to make sure our precious environment is given the care and respect it deserves.

Westminster reception: celebrating the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy

by Owen Pugh, Government Affairs Officer on 26 November 2018

This year, our annual reception at Westminster focused on the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy and asked what else Parliamentarians can do to promote trees.

Campaign update: changes to planning legislation and more

by Naomi Tilley, Assistant Campaigner – Policy and Advocacy on 04 October 2018

In this month’s campaign update we’ll touch on some changes to planning law we all need to be aware of.

Taking the Northern Forest to the Labour Party Conference

by Richard O'Callaghan, Regional External Affairs Officer - North on 04 October 2018

We took the vision of the Northern Forest to the Labour party conference in Liverpool and were delighted by the support and enthusiasm it attracted from delegates and top politicians.

Wrexham council values its street trees and so should you

by Joseph Coles, Project Lead - Street Trees on 28 September 2018

Councils are getting a bad reputation for managing urban trees, but it’s not always fair. Find out how Wrexham is demonstrating good practice, care and appreciation of its street trees.

The Agriculture Bill: will it work for trees?

by Frances Winder, Conservation Policy Lead on 14 September 2018

The Government has published the first agricultural bill for almost 50 years. It sets out potential new laws to manage farming and land in England.

Opportunities and threats to the UK’s environment following our exit from the EU

by Karen Hornigold, Assistant Conservation Adviser - Data & Information on 06 September 2018

Key areas of environmental legislation and protection will be affected by leaving the EU. But will our environment improve or deteriorate as a result?

The first test for the National Planning Policy Framework

by Victoria Bankes Price, Planning Advisor on 24 August 2018

The Government's revised National Planning Policy Framework is already making big waves in England. But while it has already caused applications to be turned down, other cases might be more of a challenge.

NPPF – beyond the celebrations

by Victoria Bankes Price, Planning Advisor on 31 July 2018

We got exceptional protection for ancient woods and trees but what about the rest of the NPPF?