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HS2 and woodlands

HS2 aims to be one of the most environmentally responsible infrastructure projects ever delivered in the UK. It will be a greener way to travel offering some of the lowest carbon emissions per passenger kilometre, significantly less than cars and domestic air travel.

We are determined to manage the impact of HS2 carefully and will improve the natural environment along the route wherever possible. Watch our video about our work.

HS2 environment update on the Green Corridor

Find out how the Green Corridor is linking woodlands along our route.

HS2 facts about woodland

There are over 52,000 ancient woodland sites in England. Our published assessments are that 43 will be affected by HS2’s route between London and Crewe. 80% of the total area of those 43 ancient woodlands will remain intact and untouched by HS2. Where an ancient woodland is described as affected, in many cases this means a small section of an overall woodland is affected. For example, on Phase One of the route, 32 ancient woodlands are described as affected but in 19 of these the total area of loss is less than 1 hectare (ha).

We are creating a green corridor along the route between London and the west Midlands which will encompass an area equating to the size of 4,600 football pitches for new and existing wildlife habitats – that’s an increase of around 30% compared to what’s there now.

We will also plant 7 million new trees and shrubs on the first phase of the railway alone including 40 native species, specific to each location.

Learn more about the Lincolnshire nursery that is growing millions of new trees for along the HS2 route.

HS2 Woodland Fund

Our Woodland Fund is another example of how we work at HS2 and the environment improvements we deliver.

In addition, for Phases 1 and 2a, a £7 million HS2 Woodland Fund is available to help restore existing ancient woodlands and to create new native woodlands that connect or extend existing ancient woodlands.

Learn more about  the HS2 Facts by reading our HS2’s Ancient Woodland Strategies.