Dry summer and lack of watering wipes out 89,000 trees on HS2 rail line

Tens of thousands of trees planted along the High Speed Two rail route to mitigate its environmental impact died last summer due to record temperatures, low rainfall and lack of watering.

HS2 planted 234,000 trees between November 2017 and March 2018 but 38% of them  perished in the heat across 60 of its sites, an HS2 spokesman said.

HS2 Ltd, the company in charge of the project, said it decided against watering the saplings due to the £2m cost attached, instead opting to replant the trees a year later - between November and March this year.

This was the most “cost-effective” approach and cost “substantially less”, a spokesman told ENDS.

Please sign in or register to continue.

Sign in to continue reading

Having trouble signing in?

Contact Customer Support at
or call 020 8267 8120

Subscribe for full access

or Register for limited access

Already subscribe but don't have a password?
Activate your web account here