The Woodland Trust have produced guidelines on responding to the HS2 Environmental Statement Consultation.
Yes the document is gargantuan, yes the time frame to consult on it is ludicrously tight, but we can’t do anything about this. Don’t waste any of the little time you have fretting that you haven’t got enough time. Take a deep breath and start reading.
Learn how to use the find command on your computer
no one is ever going to be able to read the whole ES in the time allotted. The ES is available electronically and you can make good use of this. When you open one of the documents use the find box to type in search terms, such as woodland, ancient woodland, translocation, compensation, mitigation, tunnel etc. to find the parts of the document relevant to you.
because of the way the ES is laid out it is unlikely you will only need to read one section. Instead you will have to skip between documents to find all the information you need. Keep a written record of the sections that are useful to you, and also any references to maps, so that when you are writing your response you know exactly where to look for information.
You can also download fact sheets with a lot more information on environmental statements and specifically the HS2 consultation from their website. Please have a look at them, as they have lots more useful advice.