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Anger at HS2's woodland proposal

HIGH-speed rail opponents have ridiculed the idea that ancient woodlands, standing in the way of the route, could be “transplanted” elsewhere.

HIGH-speed rail opponents have ridiculed the idea that ancient woodlands, standing in the way of the route, could be “transplanted” elsewhere.

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust have identified over 20 wildlife sites in the Meriden constituency that will be affected by the rail link. Among those under threat are Coleshill Pool Wood and Berkswell Hall Wood, which is partially ancient woodland.

In a recent letter, the Secretary of State for Transport Justine Greening signalled the Government would try to preserve precious woodland by moving trees to adjacent sites.

Chris Williams, from Solihull Green Party, said: “It’s a gesture of sorts. It would be better than removing the woods altogether. But these areas aren’t just groups of trees, they’re wildlife habits and you just wouldn’t be able to recreate that in this way.”

Stop HS2 Campaign Co-ordinator Joe Rukin added: “When the Government start talking in all seriousness about transplanting ancient woodland, you begin to realise what they really need transplanting are some brains.”

In her letter, to MP Cheryl Gillan, Mrs Greening said that transplanting woodland was one of several ideas being considered to mitigate the harm that HS2 will do to the environment.

 

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