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Black to Green – coalpits to treetops

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is delighted to be part of an exciting new project.

The Black to Green project will conserve and enhance the Heart of the Forest, a ten square mile area centred on Moira, Donisthorpe and Ashby Woulds, the radically transformed landscape within the 200 square miles of The National Forest. Woodland cover has increased here from 1% to 27% over the last 20 years.

The National Forest Company and its partners have been awarded £770,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Black to Green project. A team of three project staff – one of which will be based with the Wildlife Trust – will work with landowners and local communities, organising a programme of practical conservation tasks, wildlife recording, demonstration events and much more. The goal is to involve people in the management of the area in a lasting way and to produce an estate plan that all landowners support.

Michael Jeeves, Head of Conservation with Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, said: “Black to Green is a truly innovative project and the Wildlife Trust believes that it can contribute to its success.”

Photograph c. Philip Precey

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