Permission to destroy ancient woodland could be granted to developers who agree to plant 100 trees for each one felled, the Environment Secretary has said.
Such “biodiversity offsetting” could be applied to woodland that is as much as 400 years old, Owen Paterson said in the Times (£).
The scheme allows for the destruction of a wildlife habitat is balanced where funds are provided for environmental improvements at other sites.
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