January 2012

Our Forests Vision for England’s Woods and Forests


A new ‘Domesday Forest’ of more than 1 billion trees. All our public woods distanced from the control of ‘Big Government’ and given full and lasting protection for ‘Big Society’. A new, independent, publicly accountable body, ‘Forests for England’, with the resources and authority to lead on implementing this vision

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The Octavia Hill Awards from the National Trust & Countryfile


The National Trust and Countryfile are running the Octavia Hill Awards to recognise today’s ‘unsung heroes’ of the environmental movement, who make such a difference to our lives.

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Planning and Planting Trees in Urban Communities


George Arkless is the Chair of the Haddonhall TMO, Southwark, London. Here he writes exclusively for SOW about the consequences of poor planning for tree planting, a timely reminder that we should be following the advice of the Tree Council and others advocating ‘The Right Tree in the Right Place’.

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The SuDS Consultation – further delay in sustainable development.


Gov’t is consulting on proposed changes to SuDS (sustainable drainage systems) legislation.

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