All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ancient Woodland & Veteran Trees

APPG members (from left to right) Lord Framlingham, Rebecca Pow, Michael Fabricant, Baroness Young, and Liz Saville Roberts (Photo: WTML)

The most recent All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Ancient Woodland & Veteran Trees took place at Westminster on 6 December.

The focus for this important group is on raising awareness in the Houses of Parliament of ancient woodland, examining both the threats it faces and the steps necessary to protect it; and how to better value and protect the nation’s veteran and special trees. MPs and Peers from across the political spectrum came together to form the APPG in 2015, which meets throughout the year with the Woodland Trust acting as Secretariat.

The APPG is the best place for your parliamentary representative to learn more about our precious ancient woodland and special trees, and what they can do to help.

Already we’ve seen members raising the profile of ancient woodland in the Houses of Parliament unprompted, leading to important questions in the House and even a formal debate about the issues facing the UK’s most precious woods and trees.

December 2016 APPG

At this meeting on 6 December an AGM was held to vote in new members of the group. SNP MP, John McNally was elected as co-Chair. He will now co-chair alongside existing chair Rebecca Pow. Mims Davies MP for Eastleigh who has been very strong in raising ancient woodland concerns in the House was also elected as Vice-Chair.

At this APPG, the Woodland Trust also presented the results of our recent survey to planners on ancient woodland which resulted in some interesting and lively discussion. Find out more in our latest blog on the APPG.

March 2016 APPG

On 14 March, the second meeting of the APPG on Ancient Woodland & Veteran Trees took place at Westminster, supported by the Woodland Trust.

Our President, Clive Anderson, captivated those who attended as the keynote speaker and, following an update from the Chair, Rebecca Pow MP, Clive talked about where his love for trees and woodland came from with the MPs and Lords in attendance. He explained why it is vital that legislators recognise their importance so they can be protected for future generations.

Find out more about how it went in our blog