Restoring heathland at Blackstone Farm Fields
Tuesday 14th March 2017
Common lizard (c) Amy Lewis
An important heathland habitat near Bewdley is going to be restored and improved thanks to The Veolia Environmental Trust.
The Veolia Environmental Trust (TVET) has awarded Worcestershire Wildlife Trust (WWT) a grant of £21,183 through the Landfill Communities Fund to fund a restoration project that will restore the heathland, the largest of its type in Worcestershire.
It is located at Blackstone Farm Fields nature reserve, next to the Trust's The Devil’s Spittleful Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) flagship heathland. The restoration of Blackstone Farm Fields will lead to the creation of a 44 hectare block of valuable wildlife habitat.
Heathland provides a habitat for a wide range of wildlife but it is under threat, with Worcestershire losing 90% of it over the past 200 years.
The grant is one of 27 awarded by TVET Board to community and environmental projects in England, with a grant total of over £860,000. Since 1998 they have awarded over £411,000 to 17 projects in Worcestershire.
TVET will now start working with the wildlife trust to finalise their project’s details, including its start date, so that work can begin as soon as possible.
Worcestershire Wildlife Trust Grants Officer, Sian Bakewell, said “This grant is great news for the environment and nature in Worcestershire. The project will help transform the landscape, benefiting plant, animal and bug life in the area.”
The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, added “The wildlife trust must be congratulated on securing this grant. We considered a record number of compliant applications during this round, so this project managed to succeed in a very competitive environment. We look forward to seeing work start.”