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UK's ancient trees under threat
Data from our Ancient Tree Hunt website highlights almost 84,000 ancient, veteran or notable trees that are in danger from a multitude of pests and diseases, including 7,000 treasured ash trees which could be at risk from ash dieback.
More than 115,000 trees, some of which have survived for more than 1,000 years, are registered and the majority of these could face direct threats from pests and diseases.
HLF grant enables Trust to bring woodland back to life
The Trust has received the green light from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a UK-wide project which could see the restoration of 52,000 hectares of damaged ancient woodland.
The HLF are providing a grant of £1.9 million for a five year long project working with landowners across the UK.
Positive steps but Defra must follow through - reaction to Tree Health Task Force report
The Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Task Force's report published this morning is authoritative, detailed and informed.
It offers sound advice, and includes a series of strong recommendations designed to ensure, going forward, plant and tree health is treated seriously and in line with the scale of the threat posed by the current swathe of pests and diseases taking hold across the UK.
HS2 Phase 1 Environmental Statement "superficial and incomplete"
The Environmental Statement on the HS2 route between London and the West Midlands, published by the Department for Transport this morning is "superficial and incomplete".
On the phase 1 stretch of HS2 from London to Birmingham, at least 21 ancient woods, covering a combined area of 409ha, will suffer direct loss and a further 12 are at risk from noise, vibration and further infrastructure such as roads. Three ancient trees, habitats in their own right, will also be lost with another 16 lying within 200m.
Bank holiday blues arrive across the country
The wait for bluebells to flower appears to be over with the Trust receiving a surge in sightings across the country just in time for the bank holiday weekend.
The bluebell has also topped a poll on our VisitWoods website to find the country’s favourite spring flower.
Woodland Trust funding offer to ash planters
The Trust welcomes the Forestry Commission’s new Plant Health Woodland Improvement grant for landowners to remove or replace ash saplings due to the spread of Chalara fraxinea.
We are also launching a plan to offer free replacement trees for Woodland Trust MOREwoods owners
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