Project information

Woodlands for Wildlife

Restoring, recreating and reconnecting native woodland in Northumberland for the benefit of people and wildlife so that our heirs can experience the richer and more diverse natural heritage enjoyed by previous generations.

Two years.

Charity information: Northumberland Wildlife Trust

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  • Need


    Ancient Woodland now accounts for just 1% of Northumberland’s total land area and nearly 2/3 of this is in a poor state. Many high profile species, including the dormouse and red squirrel are in serious decline due to loss of habitat. Foreign diseases, including Ash dieback, also pose significant threats to our native trees. We need to rescue our fragmented habitats before they are lost to us forever and ensure they can support viable populations of diverse wildlife for us all to enjoy.


    Northumberland Wildlife Trust will introduce a sympathetic woodland management programme across a number of key sites. This involves removing non-native trees and replanting with native species which will restore the delicate balance of plants and animals beneath the canopy. The programme will use locally grown trees from local provenance seed to avoid disease issues. Restoring our woodlands will provide more beautiful places for volunteering, recreation and contemplation.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve biodiversity and ecological connectivity


    » Removing non-native trees, planting native species and allowing natural regeneration to occur.
    » Erecting nest boxes for woodland wildlife (dormouse, birds and bats).
    » Influencing woodland management across the region by providing advice and guidance to landowners, local authorities and the general public.

    Success will be an increase in the number of NBAP species found on the sites and publication of ‘Notes on Tree Planting and the Use of Native Species in North East England’ guide.

    Aim 2

    Invest in skills


    » Provide volunteers with woodland and forestry management training and appropriate tools and safety equipment.
    » Reintroducing traditional and sustainable woodland management practices across key NWT nature reserves.

    Success will be an increase in the number of suitably qualified volunteers and increased number of volunteer hours spent on woodlands management.

    Aim 3

    Inspire communities about nature


    » Enrich people’s lives by enhancing their local natural heritage.
    » Nurture passion for local woodlands and trees.
    » Involve communities in seed collecting and tree planting as well as reporting sightings of potentially diseased trees.

    Success will be an increase in the number of visitors to our woodland sites and the number of people engaged with our programmes.

  • Impact


    The project will help the Trust to restore and actively manage our woodlands and prevent further declines. We will conserve valuable landscapes and species for future generations. We will demonstrate success by measuring species recorded and numbers of people involved.


    Prolonged recession makes it difficult to attract funding for environmental causes as the environment is continually portrayed as a barrier to jobs and a non-urgent issue. We need to overcome this view by communicating the value of our natural heritage to the public and widening our sources of funding. We will prioritise and deploy resources where they will count most, always living within our means.


    Donors to the project will receive bi-annual updates by email about the core activities of the Trust.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £22,561

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Woodland management Staff time, tools, machinery, maintenance, safety equipment
      £7,821 Trees Purchase, seed collection, tree propagation and tree planting
      £2,340 Skills and training Volunteer training
      £2,400 Travel costs Acessing NWT Reserves and partner sites

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Woodland Grant Scheme £2,561 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Environmental conservation and education will take place in Northumberland.


    Wildlife will benefit from re-creation, restoration and connection of habitats, allowing wildlife to move freely in response to climate change and development pressure. People will benefit from increased contact with nature through healthy recreation, intellectual stimulation and spiritual well-being.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Northumberland Wildlife Trust has significant expertise in land restoration and nature conservation, for the benefit of both people and wildlife. Our mission is to conserve local wildlife, promote nature conservation and provide the means by which everyone can become involved. Our vision is for an environment rich in wildlife for everyone.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Geoff Dobbins

    As Senior Estates Officer, Geoff will manage the project.

    Steve Lowe

    As Head of Conservation, Steve will provide ecological expertise.

Our woodlands are amazing – help us ensure that our native wildlife thrives so that future generations can enjoy our natural heritage.

Geoff Dobbins, Senior Estates Officer