Award for conservation project

An Acle conservation project is among four in Norfolk to receive an award for its outstanding contribution to wildlife and its involvement with the local community.

An Acle conservation project is among four in Norfolk to receive an award for its outstanding contribution to wildlife and its involvement with the local community.

The awards are presented each year by the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership in recognition of the efforts of local people in achieving improvements for wildlife and to reward excellence in this area.

The Acle Lands Trust wins the Site Award for its outstanding woodland conservation and management work at Damgate and Roman Woods.

The awards were due be presented at the Assembly House, Norwich, on Wednesday .

Paul Holley, chair of the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership's Communities and Nature Topic Group, said: “The Community Biodiversity Awards offer a great opportunity to showcase the work being done by volunteers to care for Norfolk's natural heritage. “I hope the awards will help to demonstrate that local groups and individuals really can make a difference, and will encourage even more people to become involved in caring for their wildlife and the natural environment.''

The Acle Lands Trust was established in 1994. Among its first actions was to purchase Damgate Wood and to construct a boardwalk to improve access. The wood was also brought into active management, in order to enhance its biodiversity. Nearby Roman Wood was planted by volunteers. Over 1000 native trees and shrubs were established, with glades providing additional biodiversity benefit.

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More information about the Trust can be found at:

http://www.acle-village.info/landstrust.html or contact Brian Grint on 01493 750039.