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Chris Packham has joined forces with some of the most high profile conservation and environmental organisations in the UK, in a campaign to get the next Government to rethink the HS2 project. It is great to see such a collaboration, and I hope it succeeds, as I fear that we are going to need more of these collective efforts to protect wildlife and the environment in the coming years.

In yesterday’s Mail on Sunday a ‘spoof’ packet of instant ancient woodland seeds was given away with each copy of the newspaper. There is of course no way that you can simply magic up replacement ancient woodlands – once they are gone, they are gone. Ancient woodlands are those that have been around since 1600 and they are home to complex (and irreplaceable) communities of plants, fungi, insects and other microorganisms. The HS2 project will destroy and damage numerous ancient woodlands along its route.

Whoever our new Government is, they will have to decide on the future of HS2 (the initial £34 billion cost has already spiralled to more than £80 billion!). That means they will decide on the destruction of over 100 ancient woodlands and hundreds of other precious wildlife sites and their associated species.

You can help by taking a few moments (it can be as quick as 30 seconds) to send a message to party leaders, telling them that HS2 is unacceptable in its current form. Tell them, it’s time to #ReThinkHS2, before it’s too late – just follow this link – there is a pre-prepared letter.

If you’ve not seen it, (but please note if you’ve not seen anything from Jonathan Pie before, he’s a bit sweary!) this video of Jonathan Pie and Chris Packham is well worth watching.

And if you want to learn more about Ancient Woodland – the Woodland Trust website is well worth a visit, here and here.