Policy paper

HS2 Ancient Woodland Reports

How HS2 will compensate and mitigate the loss of ancient woodland habitat where it cannot be reasonably avoided as a result of essential works.



Our Ancient Woodland Strategies for HS2 (available for Phases One, 2a and 2b Western Leg) provides an area based comparison between the losses of ancient woodland habitat that will occur as a consequence of the scheme and the associated package of compensation measures to be provided in response to those losses that cannot be reasonably avoided.

Our Ancient Woodland Summary Report provides information on how HS2 has reduced impacts to ancient woodlands on Phase One since the publication of the Environment Statement and Ancient Woodland Strategy in 2017.

Ancient woodland is an irreplaceable resource. Where effects on ancient woodland cannot be reasonably avoided then HS2 Ltd has committed to provide a range of compensation measures in response to these losses.

During detailed design and construction, efforts will continue to be made to seek to avoid or further reduce the impacts of the scheme. As a consequence the ancient woodland losses currently reported should be considered a worst case figure which may be improved upon during the detailed design of the scheme.

In England, ancient woodlands are areas that have been continuously wooded since at least 1600 AD.

Published 5 December 2017