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Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Welcomes Boost for County’s Sherwood Forest Restoration Ambitions

Monday 17th November

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Welcomes Boost for County’s Sherwood Forest Restoration Ambitions

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has today welcomed the announcement that the Heritage Lottery Fund has approved a bid to develop a Landscape Partnership scheme in Sherwood Forest, which could ultimately see a £3.7m restoration of the ancient woodland and the celebration of Sherwood’s cultural heritage.

The Wildlife Trust is one of more than a dozen partners in the “From Miner to Major: the real Sherwood Forest” project, which aims to reflect the diverse heritage of this internationally important landscape.

The bid has been submitted by Nottinghamshire County Council on behalf of a growing partnership drawn from across the heritage, conservation and community sectors.

Speaking about the funding, Rob Fitzsimons, Head of Development at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust said: “We see this as a very important announcement as the grant from HLF takes us one stage further towards securing the levels of funding that is needed to restore and reconnect the Sherwood Forest landscape and to celebrate its cultural heritage.”

The funding will enable the project partners to complete further development work over the next 18 months ahead of a bid for further funding. If successful, the overall scheme, which could start as early as 2017, would deliver around £3.7million of investment in a range of activities and initiatives across 200 square kilometres of land managed by a range of public and private landowners, including The Wildlife Trust, in Sherwood Forest.

Mr Fitzsimons continued: “By working together on projects such as the Landscape Partnership bid, whilst driving forward individual commitments, such as our Champions of Sherwood campaign to restore and reconnect key areas of Sherwood Forest, we can ensure that this legendary landscape finally get the level of investment it deserves. Sherwood Forest is of international importance both in terms of its cultural and natural heritage and more needs to be done not just to conserve it - but to restore it to something like its former glory. Through Champions of Sherwood and our commitment to the Landscape Partnership we are doing our bit and we would like to see more organisations and companies investing in Sherwood Forest’s future.”

The Forest’s iconic status and place in people’s hearts is underlined by the announcement this week that the Major Oak has been named England’s tree of the Year.

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For further details about Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Champions of Sherwood campaign visit www.championsofsherwood.com

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

1. Champions of Sherwoodis an initiative developed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust to raise awareness of the need to restore and reconnect key areas of heathland and other wildlife habitat in the heart of Sherwood Forest and to generate additional investment in new conservation and education initiatives across the Forest landscape.  

2. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, a registered charity, manages over 70 Nature Reserves throughout the county of Nottinghamshire. It advises local authorities, community groups and landowners on nature conservation issues, and makes a major input into decision-making on planning matters and other issues. For more information please see our website: http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org

 

3. The Trust is part of a nation-wide network of local Trusts which work to protect wildlife in town and country - The Wildlife Trusts. The Wildlife Trusts now boast almost 800,000.

 

4. Preparation of the Miner to Major bid has been led by a partnership board made up of the following organisations:

·     Nottinghamshire County Council (chair)

·     The Forestry Commission

·     The Friends of Moor Pond Woods

·     Groundwork Creswell Ashfield & Mansfield

·     The Greenwood Partnership

·     Natural England

·     Newark & Sherwood District Council

·     Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

·     Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire

·     RSPB

·     Sherwood Forest Trust

 

5. A number of other organisations and community groups have helped to shape the bid. The partnership is expected to expand further over the next stage, to include further community consultation and engagement.

 

6. Miner to Major represents Sherwood partners’ second attempt to seek funding for a Landscape Partnership Scheme. A submission in May 2013 was unsuccessful but HLF encouraged partners to reapply this year.

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