Chris Packham threatens legal action over HS2 ancient woodland clearance

Broadcaster Chris Packham has begun legal proceedings against High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) and called for ‘urgent clarification’ on which ancient woodlands are earmarked for clearance.

This week, transport secretary Grant Shapps called for a halt to the removal of ancient woodland along the first phase of the project, running from London to the West Midlands, until an independent review into the development is concluded. However, the Whitehall-run company in charge of the rail project, HS2 Ltd, is allowed to carry out ancient woodland clearances if they are deemed “absolutely necessary to avoid major cost and schedule impacts,” he said. 

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