Living Heaths Working Woodlands Grant Scheme

Maydencroft Limited is delighted to have been commissioned by the Greensand Country Landscape Partnership (GCLP) to administer their Living Heaths Working Woodlands Grant Scheme. Greensand Country is an island of distinctive countryside, stretching from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay containing all of Bedfordshire’s remaining heathland, over half its woodland and more surviving historic parkland than any other landscape in the country.

The GCLP has been formed by bringing together a diverse range of local bodies, under the leadership of Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity and the Greensand Trust, to raise awareness of the heritage value of the Greensand landscape and to reverse the gradual decline in its distinctiveness.

The Living Heaths Working Woodlands grant scheme aims to enable landowners to create, restore and manage important habitats within Greensand Country, to form a robust ecological network at a landscape scale. Eligible habitats can include woodland, heathland, acid grassland, neutral grassland and hedgerows. The funding scheme is open to all manner of landowners and sites including farms, estates, woodlands, churchyards, schools, allotments and parks.

We are able to provide grants of £1,000 to £15,000, covering up to 70% of total project cost with the rest to be secured by match funding. We are looking to receive applications now for projects to be delivered in 2019-2020 and completed by December 2020.

If you own or manage land within the Greensand Country then Maydencroft Limited would be delighted to hear from you. We can offer advice on project design, provide assistance throughout the application, and help you to secure match funding. Owners of ancient woodland sites may be eligible for an additional level of support through the Woodland Trust’s Ancient Woodland Restoration Project.

For further information or to discuss project ideas, please contact Lottie Miles of Maydencroft Limited on 01462 420851 or lottie.miles@maydencroft.co.uk

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