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RHS Statement on the M25 Junction 10/A3 Wisley Interchange Development Consent Order

The RHS has responded to the approval of the M25 Junction 10/A3 Wisley Interchange Development Consent Order:

“The Royal Horticultural Society is disappointed that the Secretary of State has approved the application in relation to the M25 Junction 10/A3 Wisley interchange. The RHS has engaged constructively from the outset of this process, including producing a deliverable alternative scheme to ensure safer journeys, to protect the local environment and irreplaceable woodland and wildlife, and to safeguard the future of RHS Garden Wisley.
 
“While this is not the outcome we have long campaigned for, the RHS will now fully consider the detail of the decision. In the meantime, we will continue to liaise with National Highways and others to seek further improvements to the strategic and local road network that will be needed in coming years to minimise disruption for the millions of visitors to our world class and much loved Garden.
 
“As a member-driven charity, we also want to thank all our members and the local community who supported the RHS in our campaign including through our petition. The petition was a powerful statement on the importance of RHS Garden Wisley and the difference it makes to the local community, but also the national relevance of the Garden and the future of horticulture."   
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About the RHS
 
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) was founded in 1804 and is the UK’s largest gardening charity.
 
The RHS vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place via its inspirational gardens and shows, science research and advisory, extensive library collections and far-reaching education and community programmes. With over 600,000 members the RHS also shares its horticultural knowledge and expertise with millions of people every year through its website and publications.
 
In 2021, the RHS launched its Sustainability Strategy, committing to be net positive for nature and people by 2030. The supporting RHS Planet-Friendly Gardening Campaign will continue to harness the power of the UK’s 30 million gardeners to help tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis.
 
We are solely funded by our members, visitors and supporters.
 
For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk
 
RHS Registered Charity No. 222879/SC038262

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.