Woodmeadow Trust

Woodmeadow Trust

At a glance

Causes

  • Animals / wildlife
  • Climate action
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Local / community

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
National - England

Objectives

Woodmeadow Trust is a pioneering charity taking practical action for nature and people by creating woodmeadows and inspiring others to plant and look after these exceptional habitats. We aim to promote woodmeadows throughout the UK whilst continuing to develop our flagship site, Three Hagges Woodmeadow, near York.  Our vision is a woodmeadow in every parish, woodmeadows sustaining and connecting nature throughout our landscapes and communities.  Our purpose is inspiring dynamic and productive woodmeadows in the UK for nature and people.

In all our work we will:

  • Nurture the joy and wonder to be found in the variety of nature
  • Be pioneering in our approach and back it up with evidence-based research.
  • Share what is being created and what is being discovered and encourage and educate others to create and discover alongside us.
  • Be mindful of the length of time it will take to create our Three Hagges Woodmeadow and commit ourselves to see it through.

As the trees of our flagship site have grown, so too has local support, enabling us to build a strong community of Friends, Benefactors and a team of volunteers to help manage and enhance the woodmeadow.  We have been blessed with support from many individuals, local businesses and leading environmental funders including Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Linbury Trust and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, amongst many others, which have enabled us to thrive. In 2020 were able to appoint our first full time member of staff who has since become Director of the UK Woodmeadow Network. We now have a team of two full-time and eight part-time staff.

Activities

We have been a dynamic and fast-moving charity over the past ten years. Together with habitat creation and management, education is key to our charitable aims. We have developed a wide programme of educational events and activities at the Woodmeadow. As well as learning for pre-schoolers, school groups and the local community, we are evolving training programmes for woodmeadow-makers. Last year we welcomed over 7,000 visitors.

The ambitions of the Trust have now extended to the creation of a Woodmeadow Network across the UK which already has 41 members signed up. We are building partnerships with other organisations to deliver woodmeadows further afield. The potential widening of wood pasture options with ELMs and the emerging prospect of biodiversity net gain invites hope of greater scope for working with the farming community. The growing interest in silvopasture and agroforestry may also give rise to exciting opportunities.

Further developing our evidence base is important to us. We are keen to create new and effective partnerships for academic research projects to support this. Engaging with policy makers has also played an important part in our work. As awareness of the extent of the climate and biodiversity crisis grows, we aim for greater recognition of the win-win that woodmeadows offer: sequestering carbon both in grasslands and trees as well as being home to high biodiversity. We do all we can to promote this.

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