Save ancient woodland
One of the UK’s most important wildlife habitats is disappearing before our eyes.
More than 700 ancient woods are under threat right now from houses, roads, quarries and railways (such as HS2). They can never be replaced, yet development projects are still allowed to nibble away at their edges, cut them in half or destroy them altogether.
In autumn 2017 we had a unique opportunity to demand better protection for the ancient woods and trees we have left. You helped us challenge Government and ask ‘is this the kind of country we want to be?’
Why influence the decision-makers?
Across the UK government departments had major policy decisions to make. You helped to influence the ministers who run these departments to ensure the loss of ancient woods and trees becomes unacceptable.
Whilst we recognise the need for investing in infrastructure, we also believe that ancient woodland loss and damage is avoidable. We want to see development projects that respect the value of woods and trees. House building, transport links and thriving businesses need not come at the expense of irreplaceable natural assets.
You voiced your concern and let the ministers know that the choice should never be between which precious ancient wood is lost, and that protection for the UK’s natural legacy should be at the heart of all decision making. We'll report back on Government's response to your concerns.
See what we stand to lose
More than 700 ancient woods are under threat right now across the UK. Here's a snapshot of just a few up for the chop.