Save Suf­folk’s wood­land

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country - Jack Watkins

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

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