Progress on HS2 tree planting

A tenth of the seven million new trees planned for the route of the first phase of HS2 have now been planted. 

In addition, HS2’s Woodland Fund (managed by the Forestry Commission) has now allocated over £1.2 million to the project, with a further 213,000 trees planted.

Describing HS2’s ‘green corridor’ as “the largest single environmental project in the UK”, HS2 Head of Natural Environment Mark Bailey said: “These figures for tree planting and habitat creation demonstrate fantastic progress so far.”

HS2 says that its new woodland, wildlife and river habitats will leave behind “the equivalent of 23 new Hyde Parks lining the spine of the country”.

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