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Community launches Crowdfunder to protect access to ancient woodland

Published on Saturday 27 November 2021

Friends of Crich Chase have launched a Just Giving campaign to raise money so Derbyshire Wildlife Trust can purchase an important local woodland. 


The 182 acre site was recently put up for sale and the community wants to raise £720,000 to buy it and help Derbyshire Wildlife Trust in its management and care. The concern is that a private buyer could change or restrict the informal access currently enjoyed by local people. 

The ancient woodland has a history dating back to Medieval times and is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is one of the largest and most diverse ancient semi-natural woodlands remaining in the Derwent Valley. Within the woodland are scrubby areas and grassy clearings, making a rich mosaic of habitats for fungi, reptiles, mammals, butterflies and insects, with buzzards often seen soaring overhead. 

An anonymous and generous local landowner has already pledged £50,000 to the community appeal to use as match funding so for every £ donated, they will match up to a to £50,000.  

Sarah Woodman of Friends of Crich Chase says  

“This ancient woodland refuge for both wildlife and people holds a special place in our hearts and we rely on it more than ever. The woods with their scented bluebells and birdsong in spring, dappled summer shade and rich autumn colours are a balm to the senses and the soul. They have played a crucial role in our mental and physical health especially in the last two years - it’s unthinkable that our children could grow up not enjoying their own adventures here.”  

Danielle at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust says 

“Crich woodland is incredibly special to the local community, places like this are vital for people and wildlife and we would be honoured to include it in our suite of reserves, and be involved in its care for generations to come. A number of donors have already stepped forward to pledge their support and we encourage anyone who can to help the community before it’s too late.” 

The just giving page is open here Friends of Crich Chase is fundraising for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust (justgiving.com) 
 




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