Tree-mendous Success for Princethorpe Woodlands Living Landscape

Monday 5th December 2016

Princethorpe partners celebrate

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is delighted to announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded over £1 million to the Princethorpe Woodlands Living Landscape scheme, which is working to restore important wildlife habitats in the areas lying between east Coventry, Rugby and north Leamington and reconnect people with these special places.

We would like to thank National Lottery players, our key partners and stakeholders, local landowners and communities for their enthusiastic support throughout the development of the scheme.

This will bring a new landscape-scale level of action for wildlife in the area and will allow us to restore 300 hectares of ancient woodland, 20km of historic hedgerows including old parish boundaries, 15 ponds and 20 hectares of flower rich grassland over the next four years. This will create habitat for iconic wildlife such as the hazel dormouse and Purple Emperor butterfly.

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Gina Rowe, Living Landscapes Manager at Warwickshire Wildlife Trust said: ‘The partnership is absolutely thrilled with the success of our HLF funding application. This is a tremendous boost for wildlife and people in this special area of ancient woodlands. This grant will bring new training opportunities to local people and enable us to deliver a wide range of activities involving many people who cannot access local sites at present.’

Vanessa Harbar, Head of HLF West Midlands, said: “We’re delighted to support the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust to restore the habitats, species and historical sites of Princethorpe Woodlands. It’s great that money raised by National Lottery players can help to reconnect people with the living landscape on their doorstep through such a fun and accessible range of activities.”

Chris Redstall, Princethorpe Woodlands Development Officer said:
‘We now have an exciting opportunity to really bring to life the natural places within this part of Warwickshire, engaging people with the wildlife on their doorstep and improving the vital habitats on which our butterflies, bees, bats and birds depend. Young people in particular will be encouraged to swap their mobiles for the magic of ancient woodlands and trees and even discover how to cook and survive in the wild!’

For local people, there will now be a wide range of opportunities to get involved and experience the great outdoors on your doorstep, including woodland open days, guided walks and a programme of heritage and ecology skills training. Many people will, for the first time, be able to learn the basics of hedge-laying, charcoal-making and green wood-working and could also play their part in helping to restore and care for the ancient woodlands, meadows and hedgerows in this area.

For many people, woodlands can be intimidating places. The scheme will work to improve access and information at key sites, focussing particularly on the ‘woodland walk experience’ as well as circular walks within the wider countryside.

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is leading six key partners who are working together to implement the scheme. These are Coventry City Council, Friends of Brandon Wood, Natural England, Rugby Borough Council, Warwick District Council, and Warwickshire County Council. Numerous landowners have signed up to fulfil enhancements on their land and many community groups are looking forward to programmes of activities which will engage people of all ages across the area.

Further details are available on our Princethorpe Woodlands web page. For more information on the partners listed click on the file below. 

Coombe Country Park, Coventry City Council

Friends of Brandon Wood

Natural England

Rugby Borough Council

Warwick District Council

Warwickshire County Council, Ryton Pools Country Park

Warwickshire Dormouse Conservation Group

For further information, please contact Gina Rowe or Chris Redstall:
t: 024 7630 2912
m: 07703 192198 (Chris Redstall)
e: Chris Redstall



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