The Woodland Trust opposes all six route options for the Arundel Bypass due to the unacceptable level of impact on the natural environment, in particular on ancient woods and ancient and veteran trees. This remains the case, despite the fact the grey route, announced as Highways England’s preferred option, avoids the direct loss of ancient woodland.

Ancient woodland may no longer be under threat of direct loss from the proposed bypass, but all the options will have a detrimental impact on ancient and veteran trees, local communities and the wider landscape. In a nature and climate emergency we must invest in sustainable solutions to transport problems, not short-term answers that will make the situation even worse.

Read our objections to all six routes from last year’s consultation. 

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The Woodland Trust is the largest woodland conservation charity in the UK. It has over 500,000 supporters. It wants to see a UK rich in native woods and trees for people and wildlife.

The Trust has three key aims:

  1. protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable
  2. restoration of damaged ancient woodland, bringing precious pieces of our natural history back to life
  3. plant native trees and woods with the aim of creating resilient landscapes for people and wildlife.

Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,000 sites in its care covering over 29,000 hectares. Access to its woods is free.