HS2 accused of destroying bird boxes as workers fell ancient oak trees


HS2 contractors have been accused of destroying bird boxes as they began axing a row of oak trees as part of work to move a countryside road.

The RSPB has questioned whether HS2 carried out proper surveys “before sending in the chainsaws”.

And activists and local householders in Buckinghamshire, who have condemned the “ecocide”, are planning a legal challenge to the tree felling.

At the same time, the Wildlife Trusts announced that HS2 had taken possession of a lake in Middlesex, “a stunning wetland that is home to precious wintering wildfowl”.

The Buckinghamshire trees, described as irreplaceable, are close to residents’ homes in Leather Lane, near Great Missenden.

Hedgerows and trees nearby in the Chilterns have already been cleared in preparation for the railway line from London to Manchester and Leeds, which is forecast to cost £106bn.


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