Woodland Trust rails against decimation of ancient woodland

Huge tracts of ancient woodland - totalling the size of Birmingham - are being obliterated to make way for roads and buildings, say experts.

Woodland Trust said 100 square miles, 26,000ha, of old woods in the UK had come under threat of destruction in only 10 years.

The charity’s findings followed a 12-month study, which fingered several culprits: builders of roads and houses, airports, golf courses and utilities.

In the past decade 800 woods had been threatened, amounting to 5% of the total amount of ancient woodland remaining in the UK.

Ed Pomfret, a Woodland Trust campaigner, said: Half of the ancient woodland that existed in 1930 has been lost. Ancient woodland is the UK’s equivalent of rainforest.

And it is irreplaceable, having been wooded for over 400 years. It’s up to the public to put a stop to this destruction; we can’t rely on any official body to help us.

That was why the Woodland Trust was launching WoodWatch as the eyes and ears for trees, he said, urging locals to save their threatened woodlands.

In theory, the sites were protected by national policy, but loopholes allowed developers to override rules if they could prove an economic need.

If these woods were buildings they would be protected to the highest grading. But natural heritage is not afforded the same importance.

Visit: www.woodwatch.org.uk


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

IoG Saltex 2017 - Kit showcase

IoG Saltex 2017 - Kit showcase

Mowers, turf care, battery equipment, seeds, arboriculture kit and weed control will all see a wide range of new releases at Saltex, Sally Drury reports.

Get set for Saltex 2017

Get set for Saltex 2017

This year's Saltex show at the NEC in Birmingham offers something for everyone, says Sally Drury.

Horticulture education update - staying on course

Horticulture education update - staying on course

Raised levels of investment in horticulture education and increased student take-up is welcome news for the industry, says Rachel Anderson.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

IOG Saltex

Get set for IoG Saltex 2017 with our comprehensive show guide and exhibitor info.

Jeremy Barrell On...

Jeremy Barrell

Tree consultant Jeremy Barrell reflects on the big issues in arboriculture.

Products & Kit Resources