To: Rt Hon Michael Gove MP

Protect all our Ancient Woodlands and Rare Habitats for the People and Nation

Protect all our Ancient Woodlands and Rare Habitats for the People and Nation

We call upon the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP to make a commitment today to:
1. Protect all remaining Ancient Woodland for future generations, for people to enjoy today;
2. Protect all ancient, historic, and nationally important trees for future generations, and for people to enjoy today;
3. Protect all important SSSIs, such as the Chilterns, for future generations, and for people to enjoy today; and finally,
4. To put into national law a requirement for all such at risk to be seriously considered as too valuable to destroy in any planning talks, to see our national natural heritage as the "natural Crown Jewels" of our nation.

Why is this important?

Such rare habitats exist where they are, and nowhere else in our country and the world: we must set an example that we know how to look after our natural Crown Jewels, and so start to show the rest of the world how to look after our planet.

Our Ancient Woodlands amount to only 2% of our total habitat area, and yet are threatened by "white elephant" schemes such as HS2 and the Arundel A27 Bypass.

27 Ancient, historic, and nationally important trees are threatened by the HS2 scheme.

As well as protecting rare flora and fauna only found in those locations, as well as habitat conditions only also found in these locations, they also bring a lot of pleasure and health benefits to people who get out to enjoy our valuable natural heritage.