Lichfield’s MP has backed criticism of plans for a new so-called green corridor alongside the route of HS2.
Around £2million is set to be spent on the project to plant millions of new trees and shrubs alongside the new railway high speed railway line.
But the Woodland Trust branded the plan “greenwash nonsense” insisting it could not make up for the amount of ancient woodland set to be destroyed by HS2.
Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant has said the damage caused to the environment should not be underestimated.
“They say the green corridor it will encompass a network of new woodlands and wildlife habitats, including around seven million new trees and shrubs on Phase One of the railway alone,” he said. “But I agree with the Woodland Trust, of which I am a member, who call it a green wash if not a white wash.
“More than 40 hectares of rare ancient woodland will be destroyed by HS2 and cannot be replaced by new growth. It takes 400 years to develop the soil environment of ancient woodland and it is irreplaceable.
“We should be in no doubt of that. Some of this includes damage in the Lichfield constituency and more throughout Staffordshire.”