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Plan to move ancient woods widely criticised

Wednesday 2 May 2012

Plan to move ancient woods widely criticised

Great concern has been expressed by anti-HS2 campaigners that the Government appears to believe that it is possible to save ancient woodland on the HS2 route by scooping it up and moving it to another site. Steve Rodrick, Chief Officer of the Chilterns Conservation Board, commented that moving ancient woodland would be impossible because the complex soil and root fungi system of such woodland, which has developed over hundreds if not thousands of years, would be completely destroyed if the woodland was moved. Justine Greening described the transplanting of ancient woodland as an 'appropriate mitigation solution' in a letter to Cheryl Gillan MP.

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