Trees: Conservation

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 11th July 2019.

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Photo of Jim McMahon Jim McMahon Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government) (Devolution)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to give greater protection to ancient trees.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Government Whip

The Government’s manifesto included a commitment to provide stronger protections for our ancient woodland.

In July 2018, we published the National Planning Policy Framework which strengthens the protection of ancient woodlands.

Planning Policy Guidance will be published shortly and will provide local authorities and landowners with practical advice on how best to protect these irreplaceable habitats.

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