Felling and thinning works
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In August 2010 we set out to raise £1million in order to buy and restore Greno Woods, an extensive and well-loved ancient woodland that had been put onto the open market by its private owner.
the woodland was bought as a temporary measure by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and a private investor linked to local social enterprise Silvapower, in order to give us the time to raise the required funds.
Due to the challenge of raising such a considerable sum it became necessary to break the project into two phases:
1. To acquire the largest part of the woodland (143 hectares - for which there was a deadline of summer 2012), whilst undertaking an initial programme of management works, and
2. To purchase the remaining area (of 26 hectares), continue restoration of the woodland and undertake a programme of activities to engage the public more deeply in accessing, enjoying and understanding this special place.
Achievements to date
Phase 1 of the project is now complete and 143 hectares of the woodland is now in the ownership of the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham, marking a major achievement as this is the first nature reserve to be owned outright by the Trust. Work completed to date has included:
We are now working on the second phase of the project. This will include acquiring the remaining 26 hectares of the woodland as well as ongoing management work to increase the whole woodlands' potential for biodiversity by slowly restoring areas of conifer to semi natural ancient woodland. It is also planned to develop a programme of activities to fully interpret the rich natural and social heritage of the woodland and actively engage people in accessing and learning more about this special place.
Total raised so far:
A big thank you to all our supporters!
Wood Ant (Formica lugubris)
Tawny Owl (Strix aluco)