Protect Jones Hill Wood from HS2

by Jones' Hill Earth Protectors

Protect Jones Hill Wood from HS2

by Jones' Hill Earth Protectors
Jones' Hill Earth Protectors
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Jones Hill Wood Earth Protectors are based at Jones Hill Wood near Wendover an ancient biodiverse woodland, home to diverse wildlife including protected species. It is under immediate threat from HS2.
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Jones' Hill Earth Protectors
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Jones Hill Wood Earth Protectors are based at Jones Hill Wood near Wendover an ancient biodiverse woodland, home to diverse wildlife including protected species. It is under immediate threat from HS2.
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Latest: Feb. 21, 2021

Thank you so much!!!


Dear Friends and Supporters

We have reached £16,000 thanks to you! 

This means we have covered the £15,000 urgently needed to cover costs of an Injunction.  We will be speaking to…

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Jones' Hill Wood is a beautiful ancient woodland in Buckinghamshire that has to date been successfully defended from destruction by HS2 through the actions of Earth Protectors, ecologists, lawyers, environmental groups, locals and politicians. The battle for this ancient woodland continues as we also expand our collaborative strategy to protect other areas of natural beauty under threat by HS2. The tawny owls, red kites, families of badgers, and plethora of other flora and fauna that call Jones' Hill Wood home all have a right to life.

However, it was only when a highly respected ecology team corroborated the Earth Protectors long term claims that the woodland is a Barbastelle bat habitat that concerted legal defence began. Barbastelle bats are vulnerable to extinction in the UK and Europe and need complex old woodlands with a variety of roost types and habitat features that simply cannot be replaced - which is why they're one of the most highly legally protected species in the UK. Despite not having conducted even the minimum standard of ecological surveys, nor having applied for licenses or provided mitigation, HS2 attempted to fell Jones’ Hill Wood in Autumn 2020.

With a huge outcry that HS2 intended to knowingly commit criminal offences, it was ultimately through the intervention of Thames Valley Police that our collaboration learned that HS2 would undertake surveys. Outrage escalated when HS2 began undertaking inappropriate surveys in bat hibernation season and trying to influence those surveys by deploying high powered lighting to illuminate the trees, which HS2 were officially notified can kill bats through entombment and starvation or expel bats from the habitat. HS2 have already decimated the habitat and undertaken extensive actions that are disturbing to protected species.

It was only through the threat of legal action from a leading environmental organisation that HS2 agreed to abide by their legal duty to apply for licenses. HS2 have now applied for licenses from Natural England. With huge governmental pressure to push this project through, we fear that Natural England may grant licenses without being able to ensure that action "will not be detrimental to the maintenance of the population of the species", which would be in breach of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulation 2017, Reg 55 (9) (b). 

This is wrong. HS2 cannot sidestep all ecological due diligence and breach their duty of care just to push through timetables. The Wildlife Trust’s report substantiates concerns that HS2 will drive species to local extinction

(1) this is an example where the risk is acute and must be avoided. This destruction wasn’t even needed, as Aylesbury Vale DC provided extensive planning, showing three levels of less destructive alternative.
(2) We have engaged leading environmental law specialists Richard Buxton Solicitors, who will be ready to launch an injunction in the event that Natural England grant inappropriate licenses.

We need to be ready with £15,000 for an emergency injunction and £35,000 for ongoing legal action. In the case that these actions are not needed, these fees will be used in other legal action against HS2. We will be holding HS2 to account for their crimes and we will defend our ancient woodlands and nature reserves from HS2. Once an ancient woodland is gone, it is gone forever. Now is the time to act! Thank you for joining us.

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https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2017/1012/regulation/55/made

https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/hs2

https://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/sites/default/files/page_downloads/Vol%203%20St%20Cl%20Stn%20to%20Traffic.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0oKicvmLpK-F0CFiro6kiQmBlbZPt4MYA2ZpkwlwroQ_ooaCeK0btmQbk 



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Update 3

Jones' Hill Earth Protectors

Feb. 21, 2021

Thank you so much!!!


Dear Friends and Supporters

We have reached £16,000 thanks to you! 

This means we have covered the £15,000 urgently needed to cover costs of an Injunction.  We will be speaking to our solicitor at Richard Buxtons tomorrow to plan our next steps.

We are grateful and can breathe a bit now we have this under the belt, but we need to focus on our next goal of £35,000 so we can cover ongoing costs.  Who knows where this will lead, but we have a strong case and voice for nature!  

So, please keep sharing and caring and stay in touch with us - we are so grateful for your support and grow this beautiful family of Earth Protectors xxx

Update 2

Jones' Hill Earth Protectors

Feb. 19, 2021

We're almost there!!!

Jones Hill Fundraising Update

We are almost there!! 

Dear Friends - thanks to your generosity and support, we have almost reached our first target of £15,000.  Once we reach this,  we will have the money we need to cover the legal costs to launch an injunction should a chainsaw appear in Jones Hill Wood. We will then take another leap to meet our next target of £35,000 to meet the costs of ongoing legal action. 

Things are getting intense as HS2 push ahead regardless of surveys and due diligence – even the owner of the hazel coppice over the road from Jones Hill did not know that his land was being felled until he was disturbed by chainsaws at 4am!  We managed to get on the BBC local news and reach out to the public to show what is going on:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QKuTqRRKOg

Please support! 

Donate, share, show you care <3

Nature needs our voices and action to protect the woodland and endangered species in the midst of Ecological collapse, thank you!

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Update 1

Jones' Hill Earth Protectors

Feb. 17, 2021

On track to Victory!!

We're Saving Our Ancient Woodlands! Jones' Hill Update

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Thank you so much for your donation and for your commitment to justice.  

In ONE DAY we've raised £8,500 and are over halfway to reaching our initial target of £15,000 to initiate urgent legal proceedings to protect this ancient woodland and the wildlife that call Jones Hill home.

No one in Buckinghamshire wants HS2 - it is causing devastation for the environment and entire towns and villages as well as farmland and entire ecosytems and endless species of animals, great and small. The Government have not listened to the people and are riding roughshod over public opinion as well as professional standards and regulations put in place to protect the the health and welfare of humans and wildlife.

The amazing reponse to our fundraising campaign to support legal action shows how much people care and how important we realise our natural world is - for us and for the planet.  This is the voice of the people speaking. Make yours heard!

Our lawyers have been talking to key figures in Natural England. Tony Juniper, Chair of Natural England, is preparing a reply to us. 

Now it's time for you to tell Tony what you think! 

Should HS2 be able to fell an ancient woodland without doing even minimum standard surveys? 

Should HS2 be allowed to destroy the habitat of a species vulnerable to extinction??

This is our shared natural heritage and your voice counts!

@TonyJuniper @NaturalEngland #StopHS2

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Thank you for being a voice of truth in the world!  Please share with care and invite more onboard for this journey to justice!  

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Read Regulation 55 (9) (b) for yourself here: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2017/1012/regulation/55

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