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HS2: Ancient woodlands on borrowed time

by Dee Smith, Senior PR Officer on 15 August 2019

Swathes of ancient woodland are living on borrowed time as HS2 starts to force its way through our countryside. But it's not too late to stand up for the irreplaceable habitat.

Ancient woodlands get stay of execution after work is paused on Hereford road schemes

by Dee Smith, Senior PR Officer on 09 August 2019

Ancient woodlands in Hereford are getting a stay of execution after a decision to pause all work on two bypasses.

Councils in England fail to enforce planning policy leaving ancient woodland still under threat

by Kevin Stanley, PR officer on 01 August 2019

One year on from strengthened protection in England, local planners are still failing to safeguard the ancient woodland that changes were meant to protect.

Lessons must be learned from Sheffield's mass tree felling

by Kevin Stanley, PR officer on 19 July 2019

Sheffield City Council has been heavily criticised by the Forestry Commission for its mass felling of trees. Read our response.

Planting figures in England decline and woefully short of target

by Steve Marsh, PR Manager on 13 June 2019

Tree planting statistics released today show the scale of the challenge in meeting the Government's net zero emissions target, says the Woodland Trust.

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Tree cover target is achievable says Woodland Trust

by Dee Smith, Senior PR Officer on 12 June 2019

We've welcomed Government's commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. Read our response here.

Woodland Trust responds to Government's Ash Research Strategy

by Dee Smith, Senior PR Officer on 07 June 2019

The Woodland Trust has welcomed the Government’s Ash Research Strategy announced yesterday (6 June 2019) to tackle the cocktail of threats facing the UK’s ash trees.

Woodland Trust supports calls to halt HS2 site clearance

by Dee Smith, Senior PR Officer on 03 May 2019

The Woodland Trust has welcomed calls by more than 40 local councils to stop advance site clearance for HS2.

UK needs 50 million new trees per year to hit net zero carbon emissions by 2050

by Steve Marsh, PR Manager on 02 May 2019

The Committee on Climate Change’s report published today outlines the stark increase in woodland expansion needed to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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New funding will kickstart massive stocktake of England’s ancient woodland

by Dee Smith, Senior PR Officer on 12 April 2019

The Ancient Woodland Inventory for England is to get a radical overhaul to enable changes in national planning policy to be properly implemented.