Chris Packham legal threat extends delays to HS2 ancient woodland clearances

The government has ordered HS2 to defer its planned felling of 11 ancient woodlands until next year after protesters blocked contractors from felling trees and wildlife broadcaster Chris Packham threatened judicial review.

The Department for Transport (DfT) said earlier this week, that tree felling works on 11 ancient woodland sites along phase 1 of the rail route, running from London to the West Midlands, would now be postponed.

The Whitehall-run company in charge of the rail project, HS2 Ltd, have plans to clear 31.09 hectares of ancient woodland as part of its preparatory works. This included the clearance of 11 ancient woodlands this year, such as the 3.2-hectare Broadwells woods in Warwickshire – the single biggest ancient woodland along the route.

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