- Worked with other potentially affected Wildlife Trusts and partner organisations along the route to share information and good practice (such as ecological principles and practices that can be applied to any design and delivery of the project) as appropriate
- Gathered evidence and information on potentially affected sites
- Responded to the 2018 HS2 Phase 2b draft working Environmental Statement. The details were lacking in this early stage document but there was sufficient information for the Trust to submitted a thorough response, which we will build on in due course as more information becomes available. You can read our news story about this here. We also responded to the 2013/14 HS2 Phase 2 consultation and the 2016/17 consultation on the revised route for South Yorkshire. We are expecting a further consultation in 2019 on impacts of the Sheffield Midland Main Line electrification and we will provide further details about this once it is published.
- Continue to promote and press for The Wildlife Trusts’ report ‘A Greener Vision for HS2’ which identifies potential areas for habitat creation should the railway go ahead: http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/HS2reports
- Comment on any forthcoming Environment Statements and Environmental Impacts Assessments
- Stand up for nature and object vocally if the environmental impacts of the proposals are ignored or misrepresented and, in turn, highlight positive gains resulting from any adjustments and improvements made by HS2 Ltd.
- Engage with HS2 Ltd/Defra, Local Authorities, statutory agencies, other Wildlife Trusts and other partners on any proposals for avoidance, mitigation, compensation, enhancement and long-term management.
- Engaged with our members and the locally affected community through holding two events in Aston.
- Work with other Wildlife Trusts to press HS2 Ltd to make decisions based on the best available environmental evidence and to put forward a scheme which is in line with the Natural Environment White Paper’s ambition to restore our natural environment – a net gain for nature.
What we have done and will do
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