Save Suffolk’s woodland
THE People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is seeking volunteers for a survey to assess the condition of Suffolk’s wood pasture and parkland sites. These remnants of the medieval hunting forests and wooded commons are some of Britain’s oldest, yet most historically overlooked landscapes, despite the beauty of their spectacle of old trees in open pasture.
Suffolk has more than 1,200 of these sites, but they are greatly fragmented and face a range of threats, from urban development to arable farmland conversion. Although often mistaken for degraded woodland, the presence of veteran and ancient trees and the abundance of deadwood support many rare species, including the lesser spotted woodpecker, the pearlbordered fritillary and the violet click beetle, as well as more than 2,000 other invertebrates entirely reliant on deadwood to survive.
The Suffolk survey will be the first comprehensive inventory of the habitat type in the country and will be followed by a nationwide rollout of the scheme by the PTES, which is hosting a training day at Lackford Lakes, near Bury St Edmunds, on June 11. Visit www.ptes.org/campaigns/woodpasture-parkland for more information and to request a survey pack.
These works by Will Cutts (below left), Cornelia Fitzroy (below right) and Maria Pavledis (above) are among those of more than 40 artists, designers and craftspeople exhibiting in ‘Norfolk by Design’ at Houghton Hall Stables who are inspired by the county’s extraordinary topography (page 50). From April 30 to September 30 (www.norfolk-by-design.com), the show will include everything from paintings, sculpture, shellwork, photography and furniture to lighting, ceramics, basket weaving, textiles and jewellery