The Woodland Trust says it is heartened to hear plans for the A62/A644 (Wakefield Road) Link Road near Brighouse, West Yorkshire, are to go back to the drawing board because of the impact it would have on ancient woodland.

Last year the Trust objected to the proposals by Kirklees Council, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Calderdale Council, for the A62/A644 (Wakefield Road) Link Road near Brighouse because of the loss of the irreplaceable habitat, including Nun Bank Wood which adjoins land said to be the resting place of Robin Hood.

Woodland Trust lead campaigner Jack Taylor said:

“This is encouraging, but it does not mean ancient woodland, or any other habitat is safe just yet. Planners and developers need to ensure engineering and the environment work hand in hand and any alternative route the council considers must work alongside nature not against it.

“We’d like to thank our supporters and local campaigners who have worked with us and alongside us to lobby for the protection of precious, irreplaceable ancient woodland. The fact councillors are sitting up and taking notice of our concerns is a good step forward.”

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Media enquiries should be directed to Dee Smith at deesmith@woodlandtrust.org.uk

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.