Protect ancient woodland from the A27

(Photo: Lorraine Heaysman / WTML)

The A27 bypass proposals threaten a huge area of ancient woodland.

Arundel in West Sussex is famous for its commanding medieval castle, gothic cathedral and rich abundance of old woodland that surrounds much of this market town. Disturbingly, 24 hectares (60 acres) of this ancient woodland is now under threat from a destructive bypass scheme.

Highways England recently launched a consultation on how to deal with congestion in the centre of Arundel. They have put forward three options for a bypass:

  • Option 1 – Destroys 5.5ha of ancient woodland
  • Option 3 – Destroys 24ha of ancient woodland
  • Option 5a – Destroys 6ha of ancient woodland

This is unacceptable. Local people should not be asked to pick between which destructive scheme they prefer. Any solution to traffic issues should consider the bigger picture, working in harmony with the surrounding natural environment.

The consultation is now closed. Thank you to everyone who voiced their opposition to Highways England’s destructive proposals. We will let you know what the outcome of the consultation is as soon as we know more. 

We wouldn’t have to deal with damaging proposals like this if ancient woodlands had proper protection. We’re calling on policy makers across the UK to make protection for our natural legacy the heart of all decision making. Add your voice and demand better protection for ancient woods and trees. 

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