Jan 15 2018

Special recognition for HLF

Special Recognition Award

Heritage Lottery funding, and the support of National Lottery players, allowed the Trust to make a massive step-change in its ancient woodland restoration activity across the UK.

Building on the success of our Heritage Lottery-funded Ancient Tree Hunt project, where we amassed a team of over 150 volunteers, we saw an opportunity to engage volunteers in ancient woodland restoration work for the first time.

Volunteers have made a massive contribution to the project. Initially, they helped us identify the status of the ancient woodland resource across 10 areas, from the Cairngorms down to Exmoor, helping us build project activity.

They have carried out amazing historical and archaeological research, enabling staff to inspire landowners about their ancient woods, supported events, delivered guided walks and engaged with landowners. They have delivered public talks, undertaken GIS mapping work, researched land ownership, supported evaluation and produced videos and podcasts.

Volunteers have been integral to the success of the project. Their commitment has been astounding and highlights what a team of volunteers with a passion for ancient woodland can achieve.

The work would not have been possible without the funding provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund and National Lottery players. This support has allowed us to continue developing volunteer activity at the Trust and help give the UK’s damaged ancient woods a future.

To recognise this contribution HLF were presented with the Special Recognition Awards at 2017’s Volunteer Awards.

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