We were thrilled when the Government published the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) today. For the first time it puts the protection of ancient woodland and ancient and veteran trees in England on a par with the best of our built heritage.
The initial draft of the revised NPPF was launched by the Prime Minister in March. We were delighted that protection for ancient woodland had been improved, but sadly ancient and veteran trees had been left behind. They were relegated to ‘replicable’ habitats, effectively downgrading their status.
Your voice made a difference
We campaigned hard for this to be amended and so did you! In total the Government received over 27,000 representations on the draft NPPF and nearly 12,000 of these related to improving the protection of ancient and veteran trees.