Reviving our traditional woodland

Reviving our traditional woodland

Lead Organisation: Pigshill & Clarrick Woods Community Interest Company

Investment Priority: Rural Prosperity Fund

Fund: Rural Fund

SPF awarded: £171,260

Location: South East Cornwall

Pigshill and Clarrick Woods is a 66-acre conservation woodland on the Rame Peninsula in South East Cornwall. Their mission is to provide access for local people and visitors, create a healthy and biodiverse habitat for a wide range of wildlife, help the woods to act as an important local carbon sink, and to create a sustainable enterprise and local nature-related jobs.

The woodland currently contains areas of Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland and areas of Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site.

Ancient woodland hosts a wide range of native plants, lichens, fungi, detritivores, other invertebrates and soil microbes, forming the basis for the entire woodland food chain.

Meanwhile evidence shows how important looking after the woods is for the community. Working among trees provides socialisation, physical and mental health benefits. The work they are doing will play a significant role in providing a nature-based solution to help tackle the climate crisis so securing its health and economic viability is essential.

The Shared Prosperity Fund Investment will enable this by:

Upgrading of main tracks

A key part of this work will involve upgrading part of the main tracks. This will involve surfacing part of the tracks with stone and the provision of ditches and culverts for water management.

Upgrading of entry points and recreation areas

Upgrading access and recreation areas in Pigshill and Clarrick Woods will provide numerous benefits, enhancing overall functionality, sustainability, and community engagement within the area.

Purchasing of a 4×4 vehicle and forestry equipment

Will enable them to manage the woods more efficiently and be able to transport equipment, timber and volunteers where needed.

Information and signage

Signage in and around the woods will serve various important purposes, contributing to the overall management, safety and enjoyment of the area.

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