The Woodland Trust is calling on the British public to oppose ongoing work by Network Rail who are felling trees at a rate of 1000 every week.
According to Dr Nick Atkinson, senior conservation advisor for the trust, Network Rail has no biodiversity plan in place to accompany the removal of so many trees, adding that "trees are important and deserve to be managed carefully – not cut down in their thousands for no good reason.”
The mass destruction of such a valuable wildlife habitat alongside the nation's railways is huge cause for concern and with so many trees disappearing each and every week, the consequences for the nation's flora and fauna must be potentially quite catastrophic.
There are an estimated 13 million trees within 'falling distance' of the country's railways, something that Network Rail claim poses a threat to safety and reliability.
The Guardian newspaper reported earlier this year that Network Rail had proposed a five-year “enhanced clearance” programme to fell all leaf fall species within falling distance of the tracks, and athough that plan has not been implemented, still the shocking number of trees that are being lost is extremely worrying. That is why the Woodland Trust is urging the British public to have their say. The Trust points out that the corridors of trees that line our railways are home to a huge array of wildlife and also help to filter pollution.
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