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Forest on the march as protestors denounce airport expansion

Woodland Trust demo

A group of people dressed as trees collected support outside British Airport Authorities headquarters near Victoria Station today. They object to plans for a second runway at Stansted airport which they say will lead to the loss of five ancient woodland sites.

Members of the Woodland Trust conservation charity warned of the loss of a 400-year-old woodland which they say is "the UK's rainforest – home to rare and vulnerable habitats and a vital historical and biological resource." Destruction of the woodland contravenes national, regional and local planning policies, they say. In an objection being lodged with Uttlesford District Council, they say that "impacts of further expansion would increase current carbon dioxide emissions from Stansted airport from 5 million tonnes to 12 million annually with a two-runway site".

17 September 2008

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