Ancient woods and trees threatened by Lower Thames Crossing
Important woods, trees and wildlife are at risk from Highways England proposals to build a new tunnel linking Essex and Kent under the River Thames.
Credit: Greg Hitchcock / WTML
We’ve been campaigning against proposals for a new tunnel linking Essex and Kent under the River Thames since 2016. Over 7,000 of you shared our concerns and joined our previous two campaigns on this scheme. Now Highways England has developed its plans and is consulting on the changes, so we need your help again.
We’re still waiting to find out the full extent of the scheme’s impact on irreplaceable ancient woods and veteran trees. We expect that 12 ancient woods and 15 veteran trees are within or close to the development boundary. It’s high time we got a straight answer from Highways England on how much irreplaceable habitat could be damaged or destroyed by this project.
Our own ancient woodland, Ashenbank Wood at Cobham in Kent, could be among those at risk. This wood is part of the Shorne and Ashenbank Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its deadwood, veteran trees and open ground habitat. Rare wildlife including great crested newt and dormouse make their homes here. This is just a small portion of what we could lose if the current tunnel plans go ahead.
The Lower Thames Crossing project team has held numerous meetings with environmental groups over the years. We believe its members are listening to us. But the level of damage and loss to ancient woodland remains unacceptable.
Add your voice to the consultation
Tell Highways England to protect our irreplaceable ancient woodland and veteran trees. Join us and add your views to the consultation before it ends on 25 March 2020.