Woodland site to benefit from grant cash

PUBLISHED: 21:00 28 August 2012 | UPDATED: 11:04 04 September 2012

The £5,000 will be used to clear non-native trees

The £5,000 will be used to clear non-native trees

(c) Adam Gault

VITAL cash has been given to help return a site housing rare and endangered wildlife species to their former glory.

The Dolebury Warren Wood near Churchill provides a home for species such as horseshoe bats and long-eared owls.

And the Woodland Trust, which runs the eight hectare site in the Mendip Hills, has now benefited from a £5,000 Biffa Award grant.

The money will enable the trust to carry out vital work removing non-native conifer trees and allowing native flora to re-establish itself.

The trust’s site manager, Jonathan Burgess, said: “The generous grant will improve the habitat for a variety of plants and wildlife along with the appearance and sustainability of the wood, building on many years of hard work by dedicated volunteers.

“Dolebury Warren is a valuable public amenity to both the local and wider community - this project will create a much more welcoming environment, encouraging people to explore their local landscape and ensure that regular visitors - which include schools, families, ramblers and orienteering groups - have a more enjoyable experience every time they visit.”

The Biffa Award is a multi-million pound fund run by Biffa and the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts to award grants to community and environmental projects across the country.

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