Charnwood Forest needs you!
Monday, 13th February 2017
Charnwood Forest, one of the most iconic parts of The National Forest, is the focus of a new landscape partnership bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. If successful, the bid will result in £3million worth of projects to restore and celebrate the area’s many wonders.
The National Forest Company, which is preparing the bid on behalf of the Charnwood Forest Regional Park Partnership, now needs to know what you love most about the area and what you think could be done to make it even better. Please send your ideas via the contact details below.
Charnwood Forest is one of the most beautiful parts of The National Forest, rising out of the East Midlands plain and forming a glorious backdrop to Loughborough and Leicester.
Created by a volcano around 600 million years ago, these hills hold some of the oldest rocks in England, and contain the oldest fossils of animal life in the world, as featured at the start of Sir David Attenborough’s First Life TV series.
We have much to thank the volcano for. Its granite rock built much of central London and, as its soils are so thin, it supports some exceptional wildlife habitats; in fact, over half of the county’s SSSIs (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) are to be found in Charnwood Forest. For a long time it was considered ‘waste’ ground, thereby escaping development and becoming a place of peace and tranquillity, often managed by religious houses such as Grace Dieu and Ulverscroft priories.
If it wasn’t for the M1 going through the middle, it would be a very strong candidate for designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Unfortunately, it doesn’t get the recognition or protection that many think it deserves and its special qualities are under threat due to potential development, conflicts in the use of the countryside, habitat loss and lack of knowledge of its social history and archaeological past.
If successful, the project will deliver around £3million worth of projects to enable people to explore, understand and care for Charnwood Forest between 2020 and 2025, improving people’s skills, building communities and managing the heritage of this fascinating area.
To find out more and contact the Regional Park Partnership with your suggestions for the future of Charnwood Forest, please:
Post on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charnwoodbid/
or complete a very quick survey: https://survs.com/survey/qtok2r3hna
or tweet us: @charnwoodbid
Post: Charnwood Bid, National Forest Company, Bath Yard, Moira, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE12 6BA
Tel: 01283 551211