Our First Purchase: Hazeland
We have had a bid accepted on a beautiful 34 acres in the Marden Valley between Chippenham and Calne called Hazeland. Both of these towns have been hit by floods in recent years and planting in the high catchment area helps protect all the other towns and cities downstream, including Melksham, Bradford-on-Avon, Bath and Bristol. This makes a perfect first purchase.
Within Hazeland there exist approximately 10 acres of ancient woodland which needs protection. We are likely to lose all the Ash trees which make up a big percentage of the wood in the next few years, due to Ash Die Back. There are also two enormous pastures in which we plan to plant trees while allowing space for glades and biodiversity improvement. Buying this land will also help protect the river Marden which runs alongside it, and which currently fails water quality tests for nitrates and phosphates.
We have commissioned several specialist ecological surveys and we have had our first onsite meeting with the woodland trust to begin planning the actual planting and long term management of the land.
What We Need Now
We are talking to companies and trusts and have launched our third crowdfunder. We need to raise £100,000 by the end of 2019 in order to get match funding.
We have no staff costs – admin costs will be kept to an absolute minimum. Any money we raise above our crowdfunder target will go towards purchasing the land.
If you work for a company that may be able to support us please let us know by emailing us here.
Alternatively, you might want to consider hosting a coffee morning, local biodiversity walk, film night or any other fundraising event. We can support you with ANT materials. Contact us here to get started.
Thank you so much for your support!