Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 8°C

Search

Leavenheath: Suffolk Wildlife Trust has hit 10% of funds needed to extend reserve

PUBLISHED: 14:57 01 August 2014 | UPDATED: 14:59 01 August 2014

Fords Heath

Fords Heath

A wildlife charity has already raised 10% of the funds needed to extend one of its west Suffolk reserves.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust launched a campaign earlier this week to buy 76 acres of mainly arable farmland near its highly acclaimed cluster of landholdings known as Arger Fen and Spouse’s Vale nature reserve close to Leavenheath.

The addition of the land parcel, known as Ford’s Heath after Gerald Ford whose legacy gift acted as a catalyst for the appeal, would mean the nature reserve stretches across 270 acres of ancient woodland, fen meadow, wet woodland and habitats developing through natural regeneration.

Julian Roughton, chief executive of the wildlife Trust said the appeal for £110,000 to secure Ford’s Heath and create a landscape like the wild furzy commons now lost to south Suffolk had “captured people’s imaginations”. He added: “Within a few days we’ve had a great response, so we’re really delighted. We have had a tremendous support for appeals such as this. Our supporters are really keen to see us add to our flagship sites, because lots of people know them and love them and recoginse the benefits of extending Arger Fen.”

Along with benefits to wildlife, the Trust aims to increase access to the area by creating a new circular walk. Mr Roughton said: “I think for the people of Leavneheath it’s going to add to that wonderful accessible landscape and a landscape that they are going to enjoy and see more wildlife as the years develop.”

The Trust, who hope to have raised the funds in the next couple of months, said the extended reserve will still be “but a piece in the jigsaw” of the wider landscape. Conservation advisors from the charity are working with neighbouring landowners to ensure the reserve is part of a well-connected landscape, linked to surrounding woods, hedges and grassland used by dormice and reptiles.

Donations to the Ford’s Heath appeal can be made to the trust at suffolkwildlifetrust.org, or the trust can be contacted on 01473 890089.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

A barn caught alight last night in Castle Hedingham, with firefighters called to battle the blaze

Three engineering students are to put their skills well and truly to the test when they attempt to drive a 21-year-old car across 17 countries for charity.

Food editor Charlotte Smith-Jarvis says The Wild Blackberry in Bromeswell is a gem of a cafe

Many dream of having their own private cinema but behind the doors of a £1.45m Bury St Edmunds home this is exactly what you will find – along with a roof garden and an underground car park

Corn and complaints. John Norman, from the Ipswich Society, looks at the less than ideal conditions in which the market-makers worked to strike a deal in Ipswich.

With 60 years in the retail business, shopkeeper David Coe still has no plans for retirement.

Stowmarket’s mayor is appealing for more former service personnel to join the town’s Remembrance Parade this year, with plans already underway.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24