The Jones’ Hill Wood Earth Protectors write:
Felling is happening at record speed in Jones’ Hill Wood and this is our last chance to stop it. We need you to help us.
Court papers have been lodged challenging the licensing decision and regulatory failure by Natural England at Jones’ Hill Wood, an ancient woodland currently being destroyed by HS2. These papers are marked as urgent and the judge has been appealed to suspend felling until the case is heard. HS2 are determined to do as much damage as possible before a Stop Order comes in.
HERE’S WHERE YOU COME IN
The Jones’ Hill Wood Earth Protectors have launched a petition to Andrew Stephenson, the Minister for Transport, to urgently suspend felling until the court can decide if the work is legal or not. Please sign it and share widely. Public opinion and exposure is key. We’re close to reaching 3,000 signatures, [it’s now over 5000] but we need at least 10,000!
- Natural England has issued a license to kill despite a clear lack of sufficient wildlife surveys and mitigation measures needed to ensure the Favourable Conservation Status of protected species including barbastelle bats (present at the woodland).
- Felling and destruction of evidence of potential wildlife crime is happening at an unprecedented rate, with felled trees being put into the wood chipper almost immediately after being cut down.
- The ancient woodland is of utmost importance: besides being home to precious biodiversity during a climate and ecological emergency, it has huge cultural significance, having inspired Roald Dahl to write Fantastic Mr Fox.
- Earth Protectors on site defending the woodland have been facing unjustified intimidation tactics and violent behaviour from HS2 workers and contractor firms.