Architreeve

“The Government has described ancient woods as ‘a natural equivalent to our great churches and castles’ and ‘irreplaceable, living historic monuments’, so we feel it’s only right that wording to describe the treatment of ancient woodland is the same as that for Grade I listed buildings.” (http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/news/press-releases/planning-policy-must-contain-stronger-ancient-woodland-protection/)

Viz.: ‘substantial harm to or loss of designated heritage assets of the highest significance … should be holly exceptional.’

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Gramophene

“Carpets of bluebells transform many of Scotland’s woods … There is a great network of recorders who look for signs of seasonal change in their local area, but we could always use more to maintain a phonological record that goes all the way back to 1684.” (http://www.woodlandtrust.presscentre.com/News-Releases/Scotland-s-bluebells-are-blooming-early-1121.aspx)

If you haven’t heard bluebells tinkling or hawthorn grunting, now is your chance.

Cutting

“32 hectares (80 acres) of ancient woodland will be lost in the first phase of HS2 [the high-speed rail project], that will be constructed along a 140-mile route between London and Birmingham. … [but] more than 10 hectares (25 acres) could be preserved by increasing the length of the planned Chilterns tunnel. … ‘A full-length tunnel bored under the Chilterns to save these national treasures is both desirable and practical.'” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/27/hs2-tunnel-save-woodland-campaigners)

A spokesperson may have been truncated as saying, “the government considered the proposals for tunnels boring.”