Officials Reject HS2 Woodland Worries

The Department of Transport says it won't create 30 hectares of woodland for every ONE destroyed in building HS2.

It claims there's not enough evidence in a conservation report which found the ancient forests affected are irreplaceble.

Government conservation agency Natural England published a review warning that ancient woodland - areas that have been continuously wooded since 1600 - was irreplaceable.

A Department for Transport spokesman said: ``We agree with the vast majority of the recommendations in the report.

``However, Natural England admit that there is very little evidence to support the recommendation to create 30 hectares of woodland for every one lost in building HS2, and we therefore cannot accept it.

Construction on the controversial high-speed line through Bucks is due to start next year.

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