Policy & influence

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Four weeks, 15,000 emails and 600,000 words for our ancients

by Kaye Brennan, Senior Campaigner on 22 November 2017

We wanted to help you speak up on behalf of ancient woodland and special trees. We had no way to know what you would say, but the response was overwhelming.

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Islay’s First World War Centenary Wood

by George Anderson, PR & Communications Officer - Scotland on 22 November 2017

Woodland Trust Scotland was delighted to help the community plant a Centenary Wood as part of a wide range of events planned to mark the anniversary.

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Launch of new ancient woodland guidance for planners in England

by Victoria Bankes Price, Planning Advisor on 16 November 2017

We surveyed planners on their knowledge of ancient woodland, they asked for more guidance – so here it is! Find out more and get your own copy.

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Campaigns update: Game of Thrones hedges, ancients and holiday chalets

by Sally-Ann Smurthwaite, Assistant Campaigner - Policy & Advocacy on 10 November 2017

Read all about the latest work of the campaigns team. It’s wins and losses for trees and ancient woods this month.

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The role of trees in protecting our natural resources

by Helen Chesshire, Senior Advisor on 09 November 2017

Action is needed now to protect the resources that form the basis of a sustainable food and farming sector. We’ve joined forces with the Campaign for the Farmed Environment to highlight the role of trees in resource protection this autumn.

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Tree Charter: connecting trees and people through art

by Matt Larsen-Daw, Project Lead - Charter for Trees, Woods and People on 03 November 2017

Over Summer and Autumn 2017, the Tree Charter Arts Programme has been running. There have been eight artist-in-residence positions around the UK, and an arts and heritage trail for families to enjoy. The aim of these residencies is to connect people and trees, and teach everyone about the Tree Charter. Find out how they’ve been getting on.

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Facing the facts: A27 threat to ancient woodland

by Oliver Newham, Senior Campaigner - Ancient Woodland on 02 November 2017

The campaign to protect ancient woods in South Downs National Park from A27 proposals has been a contentious one. We look at the facts and reflect on this high profile campaign.

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Why soil matters

by Dee Smith, Senior PR Officer on 25 October 2017

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has reiterated the Government’s intention to plant more trees as part of a drive to improve soil health.

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Time to walk the walk on woodland policy

by James Cooper, Head of Government Affairs on 20 October 2017

The Government’s response to the Commons Environment Select Committee report on forestry has plenty of fine words but clarity and action are needed.

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Nurturing the farmers of the future

by Dee Smith, Senior PR Officer on 17 October 2017

As sponsor of Agricultural Student of the Year, we swapped our fleeces for finery at the Oscars of the agricultural world: the 2017 Farmers Weekly Awards.

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