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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Vissolve

“You might not have heard of dissolving pulp, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t connected to it. … 100 million trees are cut down every year to make dissolving pulp that is destined for a second life as a piece of clothing. … Demand for dissolving pulp is driven by demand for viscose fibre … [and] demand for viscous fiber in China is expected to continue growing.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1030-gfrn-gaworecki-dissolving-pulp-threatens-forests.html)

Dual-state cellulose, one minute thick and sticky, the next unravelling on you, is a crime of fashion.

Trash

“Top 10 discarded items [in woods]: Pornography – fitted kitchen – car tyres – sofa – mattress – asbestos – caravan – burnt out car – horse manure – animal carcasses – chemical waste” (http://www.woodlandtrust.presscentre.com/News-Releases/Pornography-dead-animals-burnt-out-cars-fitted-kitchens-Trust-highlights-battle-with-fly-tipper-10b2.aspx)

If you go down to the woods today…

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.”

Deserted

Although “the thermophilisation [dominance of warm-adapted species] of vegetation was lowest in forests where canopies had become denser,” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24761801) increasing their resilience to climate change, the quiet abandonment of government grants points to “England [slipping] into a period of deforestation as trees and woods come under growing threats from disease and development like never before.” (http://www.woodlandtrust.presscentre.com/News-Releases/Government-sleepwalking-into-an-era-where-England-s-woods-may-start-to-shrink-f99.aspx)

Presumably an awareness campaign for ‘dust glue’ will follow.