Super Campaigner News – August 2019
Welcome to your monthly update. The Super Campaigner network has excelled over the past few months so thank you all for your hard work. The second half of the year has some big things in store so I hope you’ll all be inspired by each others efforts and keep it up. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve in the next few months! Over the next couple of weeks I’d love to speak to all of you and catch up with how things are going. If there’s a time that suits you then do let me know so I can call you when it’s most convenient.
July has certainly been a busy month for us in head office. A new Prime Minster and a big reshuffle of government means we need to spend some time looking at the implications for woods and trees. New ministerial roles for some MPs means we’re due another All Party Parliamentary Group on Ancient Woods and Trees to elect a new chair. Look out for that in early Autumn. Additionally, Boris, in his leadership campaign, promised a review into HS2. We’ll be pushing to ensure this includes reviewing the environmental impact and we’ll carry on fighting to save the ancient woodland it threatens. Another space to watch!
Last month also saw the final Master Plan from Gatwick Airport – they’re still safeguarding the ancient woodland for a potential, future, additional runway. We’re disappointed because the land should never be developed, most definitely not earmarked and reserved – the ancient woodland should be protected indefinitely!
Further north, the Forestry Commission released their report and findings on the Sheffield Street tree felling and concluded there is not enough evidence to prosecute the council for illegal felling. They did outline that there had been serious short falls and Sheffield Council did not follow best practice – a lesson for all other councils.
Tree of the year nominations closed in July. Thank you for doing such a cracking job at sharing it far and wide! 169 people arrived at the nomination page from your tracked link. We had a total of 250 nominations so a HUGE proportion came from you guys – well done! In September we’ll announce the shortlist. Fingers crossed one of yours is in the top ten!
I’ve seen some cracking blogs this month on all sorts of different topics.
Nimue wrote a great blog on the importance of urban trees and wove the facts I shared with you beautifully.
Up in Edinburgh Juliet has been working with our Scotland External Affairs team to raise awareness of the Princes Street Gardens trees that are being stressed by a big wheel development. Read all about it here.
Nell has documented her search for a tree of the year to nominate here. She also shares a fantastic collection of images of the Burnham Beeches!
In September I’m going to be at the Central Volunteering Conference on the 14th and the Scotland Volunteering Conference on the 28th. I’d love to see you there if you’re able to attend and live in those regions.
Have a look for these, and other events near you here.
We’re recruiting! We’re looking for a Lead Campaigner – Policy and Engagement. You can find out more and apply here: https://jobs.woodlandtrust.org.uk/VacancyDetails/index.htm?Advert=t1UIzA064oEZa8j0j+I6XA==
That’s it for now. Hopefully speak to you all soon.