ACT NOW - Change planning policy

Promises to boost ancient woodland protection must be rooted into planning policy (Photo: J Hight/WTML)

One chance for a better future.

Our ancient woods and trees are exceptional habitats. Yet currently, they are not effectively protected from development.

The proposed change to the NPPF would further protect our ancient woodland... I hope people will put their concerns into the [Housing White Paper] consultation.

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Communities & Local Government)

The new Housing White Paper - called ‘Fixing our broken housing market’ - sets out the Government’s aims to help reform the housing market and increase the supply of new homes in England. It includes the very welcome intention to improve the protection given to ancient woods and trees, by adding them to a list of the nation’s assets that should be explicitly protected from development.

This is an important step towards stronger protection. But it will only make an impact if the specific planning policy relating to ancient woodland is updated too.

Our journey towards better protection

The proposals in the Housing White Paper haven't just come out of nowhere - they're the result of years of campaigning by thousands of our supporters. Find out more about our journey towards better protection for our ancients in our timeline infographic (PDF, 10MB)

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One chance to change their fate

The changes in the White Paper will lead to amendments to the National Planning Policy Framework, which sets out planning policy in England.

Help us to make sure those changes lead to real, effective protection for ancient woods and trees. It’s something we have been campaigning to see for years, and something they so desperately need. We need your help to make it happen.

A public consultation closes on 2 May.

Our journey towards better protection

Woodland campaigners

Years of campaigning and backing by our supporters has led us to this point

Find out more in our timeline