HS2 review cannot afford to neglect the massive negative impact it will have on irreplaceable ancient woodland

Posted On: 
21st August 2019

108 ancient woods will be damaged or destroyed by HS2. No amount of new planting can replace or offset the rich, diverse habitats that will be ripped up where net gain cannot be achieved if ancient woods disappear, says the Woodland Trust.

Responding to today’s announcement on the terms of reference for the review into HS2, Woodland Trust Director of Conservation and External Affairs Abi Bunker said:

“The terms of reference for this review do not go far enough where the environment is concerned. While we are pleased to see the environment is being considered, simply looking at the possible benefits HS2 may bring in terms of carbon reduction will paint a very skewed picture. Any environmental benefits must be weighed against the environmental costs and what we stand to lose.

“This review cannot afford to neglect the massive negative impact HS2 will have on irreplaceable ancient woodland and the ousting of wildlife. 108 ancient woods will be damaged or destroyed by HS2. No amount of new planting can replace or offset the rich, diverse habitats that will be ripped up where net gain cannot be achieved if ancient woods disappear.

“We are all for green transport but as it stands HS2 cannot claim to be green in any shape or form because of the irretrievable damage it will cause.”