Woodland Appeal

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Help us protect our irreplaceable ancient woodlands

Woodlands are special places, enchanting and peaceful, yet much of the ancient woodland across our three counties is under threat: because it’s irreplaceable we need to do all we can to keep it in the best shape for wildlife and people.

Ancient woodlands can’t be replaced, we can’t create new ones. It isn’t simply a case of planting new trees and waiting a long time – once they’ve gone, they’ve gone forever. This is because our woodlands have developed over thousands of years in conditions that cannot be recreated; the way they developed as part of the landscape was more intricate, and they were lived in and worked by local communities who influenced andsupported their growth. New woodlands are different – they reflect modern landscapes, which are generally intensively farmed with a more limited range of species, especially woodland specialists.

We have to protect the remaining ancient woodlands from a variety of threats, including recreational pressures, the impact of deer, disease and pests. It’s also hard to believe that most ancient woodland has no legal protection which means it’s still vulnerable from development.

Through this appeal we hope to raise the funds for crucial restoration work and the removal of non-native species in some of most iconic ancient woodlands, including Hayley Wood in Cambridgeshire and Short Wood in Northamptonshire.

By making a donation today, you’ll be helping us to protect our magnificent ancient woods, preventing further loss and safeguarding their future - £56 could make a real difference.


You can also give...

  • By phone using a credit/debit card by calling 01954 713543
  • By post by sending a cheque made payable to 'The Wildlife Trust BCN' and send it to us at The Manor House, Broad St, Great Cambourne, Cambridge CB23 6DH.

Thank you!

Some part/all of your donations could be used to make a Contributing Third Party (CTP) payment to a landfill operator to secure a grant through the Landfill Communities Fund.