HOL­LIE ANDERSON As­sis­tant PR Of­fi­cer The Wood­land Trust

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

THE Wood­land Trust needs lo­cal sup­port to help ex­pand one of Hert­ford­shire’s most well-loved and glo­ri­ous land­scapes: Tring Park.

The con­ser­va­tion char­ity is fundrais­ing £670,000 to pur­chase a neigh­bour­ing 63 acres of land, which has un­ex­pect­edly come onto the mar­ket and oth­er­wise risks fall­ing into pri­vate hands. With do­na­tions from the pub­lic, the Trust can pro­tect the land and open Tring Park up to a wider range of peo­ple.

Lo­cal res­i­dents will also be en­cour­aged to feed into plans for the ex­ten­sion, and take part in hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties if it is pur­chased.

De­spite the cre­ation of the A41, Tring Park is an oa­sis for wildlife and lo­cal flora. The Trust took it over 22 years ago, and has since worked to re­store pock­ets of an­cient wood­land.

It is hoped that this will help species, in­clud­ing the great spot­ted wood­pecker and the rare pur­ple em­peror but­ter­fly, to flour­ish.

The park­land also has a fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory – Wal­ter Roth­schild, who lived on the es­tate dur­ing the nine­teenth cen­tury, started to col­lect ex­otic an­i­mals like cas­sowaries, rheas and wal­la­bies, which were al­lowed to roam the grounds.

Ev­i­dence of this by­gone era can still be found, and has been pre­served by the Trust. This in­cludes an av­enue of trees, the King Charles Ride, and a rond-point (Ge­or­gian round­about).

The Trust has al­ready car­ried out sev­eral years of restora­tion and im­prove­ments at Tring Park, gen­er­ously sup­ported by a £329,400 grant from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund2.

In pur­chas­ing this new ex­ten­sion, Tring Park will be made big­ger, bet­ter, and can be dis­cov­ered by even more peo­ple.

To help make the Trust’s plans a re­al­ity go to: www.wood­landtrust.­peals.

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