Monday, 20 January 2014

Protect the UK's ancient woodland

The Woodland Trust recently launched a campaign calling for better protection for ancient woodland.

Ancient woodland is woodland that has been continuously wooded since 1600 (1750 in Scotland) and is one of the richest wildlife habitats in the UK. It's scarce, covering less than 2 per cent of the UK, and irreplaceable - if an area of ancient woodland is destroyed to make way for a high speed rail link then planting a few trees elsewhere does not even begin to compensate for the loss. 

Anyone who walks in the ancient woodlands cannot fail to be touched by their magic. Yet the UK's ancient woodland is repeatedly put at risk, sold out and betrayed – by failings in the planning system, infrastructure plans like the HS2 (high speed railway link) and misguided schemes like Biodiversity Offsetting
But what’s left of the UK's ancient woodland can be saved! The Woodland Trust are calling for an open, constructive discussion with the Government on the options for action, before it’s too late. 

You can find out more and add your voice to the campaign here:


gabriellebryden said...

That's shocking - would have the UK of all places would protect these precious woodlands!

eileeninmd said...

I have walked thru some old growth forest here and they are special.. I hope your Ancient woodlands will be protected there. There always seems to be a battle. It is sad!

Have a happy week!

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

How very sad harming it would even be considered.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Here we call it "Old Growth" and there is not much left either.

speedyrabbit said...

very sad that progress means destruction of the natural world