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High Speed 2 Line: Environment Protection

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 76654, tabled on 20 July 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to protect the (a) environment and (b) woodlands in the vicinity of the High Speed Two route.

Answered on

28 July 2020

High Speed Two (HS2) aims to be one of the most environmentally responsible infrastructure projects ever delivered in the UK.

The Government and HS2 Limited have committed to provide a range of tailored measures to compensate for its impacts, for example, planting more than 7 million new trees and shrubs, and creating over 900 hectares of new native woodland.

At least 400km of hedgerows will be created or translocated. On top of this, the Government has committed £7 million in establishing the HS2 Woodland Fund, helping landowners within 25 miles of the railway to create and restore woodland. The first £1.6 million of the Fund has already been allocated, supporting around 115ha of new native woodland and around 160ha of plantations on ancient woodland sites.