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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