'To accept that ancient woodland can be offset with new planting is to believe that ancient woodland is just a collection of old trees. Such thinking allows us to demolish St Paul’s Cathedral to be offset with a similarly sized pile of new bricks, or to replace our loved one with a random person of similar build who will sit at the other end of the sofa and have sex with us every third Friday.'
so I posted on owen's blog
'So well said. YES! Thank you for such a brilliant blog. I keep telling all who will listen that for every mile of the HS2 a SSSI is to be destroyed (because they are economically worthless and the cheapest land to build on for ‘public’ infrastructure), and they all look gormless too, so now I can explain. thanks to your wonderful paragraph above. Thank you so much!'
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