HELP PURCHASE MOREWOODLAND
HOLLIE ANDERSON Assistant PR Officer The Woodland Trust
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. org.uk/appeals.