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HS2 pledges £5M to create new woodland

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The newly launched HS2 Woodland Fun will see £5M invested in creating and restoring woodland between London and the West Midlands with the first £1M to be managed by the Forestry Commission.

HS2 has said that it plans to plant around 7M new trees and shrubs during the first phase of development of the new high speed rail link.

In addition, HS2 has announced a separate fund to help local landowners create new native, broadleaf woodlands and restore existing ancient woodland sites.

Transport minister Paul Maynard said: “HS2 is more environmentally responsible than any other major infrastructure project in UK history and this fund will mean more trees can be planted and wildlife habitats created, leaving a lasting legacy which will benefit future generations for many years to come.

“HS2 will become the backbone of our national rail network – supporting growth and regeneration and helping us build an economy that works for all. Despite being one of the largest construction projects in Europe, we are minimising the effects on the countryside and communities as much as possible.”

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