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View of a field with an encroaching quarry

Contrary to popular belief, ancient woodland is not fully protected.

The UK's ancient woodland is one of the few remaining living links to our past. It's the richest, most valuable habitat for wildlife we have, covering only around 2% of the land area, with unique ecosystems which provide a home to hundreds of rare and vulnerable species. It can never be replanted, recreated or replaced.

Despite its cultural and ecological value, threats to ancient woodland are relentless. Loopholes in the planning system, short-term thinking and careless disregard mean that, right now, hundreds of ancient woods are at risk of being permanently damaged or lost forever.

It’s time to say “enough is enough!”

84 ancient woods at risk...

Blue high speed train

HS2 threatens more irreplaceable ancient woodland than any other development

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