Forests: Conservation

Department for Transport written question – answered on 22nd March 2019.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to adopt the finding of Natural England on the planting ratio of 30:1 to ensure conservation of the ancient woodlands that will potentially be damaged by High Speed Two.

Photo of Nusrat Ghani Nusrat Ghani Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)

Where losses of ancient woodland are expected to occur, a range of compensatory measures may be proposed by High Speed Two Ltd;

  • translocation of ancient woodland soils;

  • translocation of coppice stools;

  • new woodland creation; and

  • enhancement to existing woodlands (ancient and non-ancient).

The selection of these compensatory measures will be bespoke to each ancient woodland site affected and HS2 Ltd has not adopted a ratio approach during their development. Measures are outlined in the Environmental Statement Volume 2 Community Forum Area/Community Area reports for the Phase One and Phase 2a Schemes respectively, and will be outlined in the forthcoming formal Environmental Statement for the Phase 2b Scheme in 2020.

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