Woodland Heritage in Action

Bretton’s Ancient Woods, to the East of Peterborough and once part of William the Conqueror’s Royal Rockingham Forest, are to be opened up to the public thanks to a £225,700 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The project, Woodland Heritage in Action, is to be partnership run by Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) and Peterborough City Council (PCC) that will see the 23.3 hectare semi-natural ancient urban woodland restored and made fully accessible for the first time in over 75 years. The site, which is made up of Grimeshaw Woods, Pocock’s Wood, and Highlees Spinney, is home to many rare species most notably the greater butterfly orchid as well as a wealth of veteran oaks, ground flora, bats, birds, invertebrates and fungi. Woodland Heritage in Action aims to protect and connect people with the natural and cultural heritage of Bretton’s Ancient Woods.

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