Ask the Government to protect all ancient woodland

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View of a field with an encroaching quarry

Once it's gone, ancient woodland cannot be replanted, recreated or replaced.

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 of the UK.

Contrary to popular belief, ancient woodland is not fully protected and threats are relentless.

Loopholes in the planning system, short-term government thinking and careless disregard are putting ancient woods at risk every day. Infrastructure plans - such as HS2, housing, quarrying and roads - and applications for development such as campsites, car parks and even golf courses pose ongoing threats.

Enough is enough.

We can make a real difference together…

The Trust works constantly to defend ancient woodland from loss and damage. But what remains of this rare and precious habitat can be saved! There are 8 simple steps which could make some much-needed changes to the current system. The Government can make them happen, so we’re taking this to the top! Our campaign is aimed at the Prime Minister.

We're matching Government's progress so far against these 8 simple steps, read our 'school report' to see how they're performing.

More than 440 ancient woods are under threat across the UK right now and over 300 in England alone. Please be the voice they so urgently need.

Ask the Government to protect all ancient woodland in England today, before it’s too late:

Save this precious habitat

Ancient woodland needs better protection

This battle comes at a cost, and we need your help

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84 ancient woods at risk...

Blue high speed train

HS2 threatens more irreplaceable ancient woodland than any other development

Find out more about the impact of the route