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Government makes £2million available to allow for creation of ‘green corridor’ alongside HS2 line

An additional £2million is being pledged to plant new trees along the route of the HS2 line.

An artist's impression of HS2

An artist’s impression of HS2

The money is part of an £8million funding package announced by HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani, which will also see road improvements made.

The controversial high speed rail scheme is set to cut through parts of Lichfield and the surrounding villages.

The creation of the so-called ‘green corridor’ alongside the high speed rail line will see around seven million new trees and shrubs planted.

The HS2 Minister said: “As we deliver the new high speed railway our country needs, driving forward economic growth and better journeys for passengers, it is imperative we set a new standard for protecting and enhancing our diverse woodlands and wildlife.

“HS2’s green corridor is one of the most significant tree-planting and habitat creation projects ever undertaken in this country. That’s why the government is backing it with an additional £2million for the woodland fund to support the creation of native woodland and restore existing ancient woodland sites between Birmingham and Crewe.

“We are also committed to putting in place a positive legacy of road safety improvements. An extra £6.5 million of funding for local authorities on Birmingham to Crewe route will ensure communities in the region see and share in the extraordinary benefits of Britain’s new railway.”

Oak, silver birch, wild cherry, hornbeam and holly are among the trees and shrubs set to be planted to create the green corridor, with claims it will create more than nine square kilometres of new woodlands, while also providing habitats for bats, badgers and great crested newts.

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1 Comment

  1. nellygb

    25th June, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Smoke and mirrors again. Here’s the impact this project will have on just a small part of the County. Collateral damage I suppose.

    And the best part is what they propose is already part of the plans to some extent negate the damage they are doing.