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Trees Aims

1.  Every tree counts! No avoidable loss of trees other than those cultivated as  a crop. The older the tree (relative to its species or wood) the greater its  value. 2.  National and local government must have sufficient tree specialists to  safeguard, restore and expand treescapes by supporting owners and applying  regulations wisely and robustly. 3.  Make sure deterrents to prevent damage to, or loss of trees are effective  and proportionate. 4.  Give national status and recognition to ancient and other trees of special  interest, ancient woodland, wood-pasture and parkland for their historic,  landscape, wildlife and other ecosystem benefits. 5. ...
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Hedgerows and Verges Aims

1. R eplant hedgerows: we need 300,000km more to get us back to where  we were 60 years ago.  The dramatic loss of hundreds of thousands of kilometres of hedgerows has been predominantly attributed  to lack of management and the advent of modern farming practices. This has resulted in the slow  conversion of hedgerows into lines of trees and shrubs and the formation of relict hedges with large gaps  and no base, caused by careless trimming with flails 6 . 2.  60% of hedgerows currently not in ‘favourable condition’, they should  be repaired by plugging gaps, with financial support for...
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Upland Ecology Aims

PROPOSALS: 1.  Downgrade all National Parks to AONBs – they are not yet worthy of the  name of National Park – and then call all these areas Upland Nature Areas  (UNAs).  The Environment Act of 1995 set out two statutory purposes for national parks in England and Wales (with  minor differences for Scotland): 1. Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage.   Promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of national parks by  the public. Furthermore, a recommendation made in 1974, known as the 'Sandford Principle', states that  "where irreconcilable conflicts exist between...
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