Woodland Trust backs creation of parliamentary ancient tree group

A new all-party parliamentary group on ancient woodland and veteran trees will hold its inaugural meeting later this month.

Image: HW
Image: HW

Bringing together MPs and peers from across the political spectrum, the group will aim to raise awareness of ancient woodland and veteran and special trees in Parliament, and look at the threats they face and steps to protect them.

The move is supported by the Woodland Trust, which said: "The UK's ancient woodland is a unique, irreplaceable habitat and increasingly, decision-makers are acknowledging its value. Yet there are currently more ancient woods under threat from development than at any time in the Woodland Trust's history, and the number is growing all the time."

Chaired by Rebecca Pow, Conservative MP for Taunton Deane, the group's first meeting takes place on Tuesday 20 October, when officers will be elected. The Woodland Trust will also give a presentation on the importance of ancient woodland, current threats, and next steps to improve protection.

Meanwhile the Ancient Tree Forum is looking for new chair following the departure of National Trust ancient tree adviser Brian Muelaner. It is inviting applications via its website.

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