Benefactor leaves funds to aid woodland revival

£1.2 million left to National Trust in bid to regain native woodland

The Tree Council’s National Tree Week, which ends on 7 December, received a boost from the National Trust, which has been left £1.2 million to restore 12 of its native woodlands. A private benefactor concerned about the decline of Britain’s native woodlands made the bequest. Most of the money will be used to convert conifer plantations back to native woodlands and some will be spent on caring for existing ancient trees. National Trust head of forestry Ray Hawes said: “We are delighted to have received such a generous bequest. This will give a great boost to our trees and woodlands conservation work. “It will enable us to tackle projects at some sites on a much larger scale. The work this legacy will fund will enable future generations to appreciate and enjoy the unique values and beauty of our ancient woodlands and ancient trees.” On the 5,000ha Holnicote Estate in Exmoor National Park, the bequest will help restore woodland and money will be used to plant individual trees on the estate. The bequest will also fund a project on the Crom Estate, Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, which will encourage the development of Quercus and Fraxinus trees on ancient woodland sites where conifers have been removed. Other projects to be funded will include sites in the Yorkshire Dales, North Wales, Northern Ireland and the Lake District.

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