Green Boost for the Trust!

Green Recovery Fund grants – helping to restore damaged landscapes

The Sherwood Forest Trust, which marked its 25th ‘birthday’ in November, found even more reasons to celebrate this week. The Edwinstowe charity has been granted £182,500 from the Government’s ‘Green Recovery Challenge Fund.’ 

On Thursday 10th December DEFRA announces grants between £62,000 and £3.8 million, to help create and retain thousands of green jobs.  Funding is being administered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The 68 projects funded in this round are spread across England and will see trees planted – 800,000 in total – and restoration of landscapes and damaged habitats such as moorlands, wetlands and forests, alongside wider conservation work. Projects will also support environmental education and connecting people with green spaces. 

The Sherwood Forest Trust is the only charity whose work is solely focussed on the protection, preservation and promotion of Sherwood Forest. Its project is focussed on the restoration of lowland heathlands, the creation of a new afforestation toolkit, planting new trees and creating woodlands and increased community engagement with nature. 

Dr Patrick Candler, its Chief Executive, says: “Being awarded this grant is a real boost in what’s been a challenging year.  It’s all the sweeter because it comes at the time of our 25th anniversary.  

The funding will increase our capacity to do important conservation work across Sherwood and get local people involved in supporting the habitats and landscapes of Sherwood Forest.”  

Patrick Candler, CEO of the Sherwood Forest Trust

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