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John Grogan MP visits Yorkshire wood

by Owen Pugh, Government Affairs Officer on 17 March 2018

The Northern Forest was announced by the Prime Minister in January 2018 but we’re not resting on our laurels in relation to other sites in the north.

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Campaigns update: wigwams, zip wires and eco-pods

by Sally-Ann Smurthwaite, Assistant Campaigner - Policy & Advocacy on 17 March 2018

This month we’ve seen weird and not-so wonderful threats to ancient woods, from wigwams to zip wires. Find out more about the campaigns team’s caseload.

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A new environmental watchdog

by Frances Winder, Conservation Policy Lead on 15 March 2018

The Secretary of State has promised ongoing development of environmental legislation with a new Environment Act but who will ensure that this legislation has teeth?

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UK Tree Charter Board: new team, fresh focus

by Kaye Brennan, Senior Campaigner on 14 March 2018

Over 70 organisations supported its development, and now the Tree Charter has a focused UK Board to steer its next steps.

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British Woodlands Survey 2017

by Christine Tansey, Research & Evidence Co-ordinator on 14 March 2018

The newly published report of the 2017 British Woodlands Survey has revealed the latest views and concerns of woodland owners and managers across the UK.

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Let’s use Brexit to make tree planting rates shoot up

by Sam Hall, Contributor on 08 March 2018

Read the fifth in the collection of essays we presented to policymakers at a reception at the Houses of Parliament in December 2017.

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Sustainable Land Use for Future Generations

by Nigel Pugh, Campaigns officer Wales on 08 March 2018

What is sustainable land use, how can it restore Wales’ landscape and nature and how can it better our lives?

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Good news for ancient woodland but work still to do

by Victoria Bankes Price, Planning Advisor on 06 March 2018

The Government’s proposals to update English planning policy include a huge improvement for the protection for ancient woodland. But ministers have failed to give equal enhanced protection to aged and veteran trees, separating the two habitats for the first time in the NPPF.

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Planning review strengthens protection for irreplaceable ancient woodland

by Steve Marsh, PR Manager on 05 March 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to overhaul England’s planning policy that will afford ancient woodland far more robust protection.

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First steps to a new future

by Frances Winder, Conservation Policy Lead on 02 March 2018

The launch of Defra’s Command paper on agriculture 'Health and harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit' is the first step in designing a new land use policy for England.

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