PRESS RELEASE FROM THE RT HON PETER LILLEY MP
Wednesday April 29th 2009
LILLEY BACKS HERTS WOODLAND PLAN IN COMMONS MOTION
Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, together with Anne Main MP for St Albans, has tabled a Commons motion congratulating the Woodland Trust on its ambitious project to create England’s largest new native forest in Hertfordshire.
Heartwood Forest, between St Albans and Wheathampstead, will eventually cover more than 850 acres with native trees such as oak, ash, hornbeam and walnut.
Peter Lilley said: “Britain is one of the least wooded countries in Europe. This project demonstrates the benefits that flow from woodland creation.
“There are health and leisure advantages, as well as the opportunity for the public to get involved in the natural environment. Woodland is also an effective barrier against further urban development into rural areas.
“Our Early Day Motion is aimed at raising the awareness of fellow MPs to the potential benefits of woodland projects. It also urges the government to give greater priority to woodland creation in its forestry policy.”
- Attached is text of Commons Early Day Motion
Further information from John Allen
Early Day Motion on Heartwood Forest
That this House congratulates the Woodland Trust on its Heartwood Forest project in Hertfordshire where it plans to create England’s largest new native woodland for the public to enjoy for free, forever; notes the enormous potential of the project for engaging the public with the natural environment; acknowledges the benefits it will bring to wildlife through buffering four small remnants of ancient woodland, a habitat which now makes up only two per cent of UK landcover; notes that it will demonstrate the wider benefits of woodland creation in the UK, which is regrettably one of the least wooded countries in Europe, including public health and the adaptation of the natural environment to climate change; and urges the Government to accord greater priority to woodland creation in its forestry policy.