HS2 to ‘rewild’ 127 hectares around its 10-mile Chilterns tunnel

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Area to be seeded with 70 grass and flower species and planted with native trees to create wood pasture

A “rewilding” of arable fields by HS2 will create 127 hectares (314 acres) of wood pasture, wetlands and flower-rich grassland using chalk taken from tunnelling under the Chilterns.

The new wildlife haven will be founded upon all 3m tonnes of chalk that are to be excavated from the high-speed railway’s 10-mile Chilterns tunnel, with construction starting in May.

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