Land for Nature

by Peter Fox in Penzance, England, United Kingdom

Land for Nature
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On 23rd October 2020 we successfully raised £1,629 with 9 supporters in 56 days

We plan to transform depleted agricultural land into a woodland wildlife refuge.

by Peter Fox in Penzance, England, United Kingdom

Biodiversity / Green Space  

This project will transform exhausted agricultural land into green space for wildlife and permaculture.

Barren agricultural field.

  • Cornwall was once full of meadows bursting with a gorgeous variety of flowering plants, supporting butterflies, insects, farmland birds and other wildlife.
  • But since the 1930s, over 99% of these so-called 'unimproved grasslands', have been lost.
  • Modern intensive farming  has resulted in decreasing biodiversity.
  • Housing  development encroaches further and further into the countryside in Cornwall.  
  • Our project will show how our community  can work together to preserve and enhance green space before it is too late. 

Protecting Wildlife

This project will create a refuge for wildlife.

  • Traditional orchards, added to the UK Biodiversity Action Plan as recently as 2007, are finally being recognised as vital refuges for wildlife, as well as significant to the local character of our landscape. 
  • we willplant fruit and nut trees which will, within a short time, create an ideal refuge for birds and other wildlife , creating a wildlife sanctuary.
  • We will plant a wildlife habitat, of native vegetation, allowing for the movement of animals and the continuation of viable populations.  Game shooting is still carried out by some local landowners.  Recent work by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) shows a severe decline in the population size and breeding range of our resident woodcock since 1970.  Even the pro-hunting Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust admit that they cannot rule out shooting as contributing to the decline of resident birds. Wildlife will be safe from shooting and hunting on Land for Nature.

Newly planted trees.Coppiced woodland and bluebells.

Some of the native trees will be managed as coppice. Managing woodland as coppice has been practised for hundreds, if not  thousands of years. Much of the wildlife in coppiced woodlands has adapted  to the coppice being cut on a regular rotation. The additional light  reaching the ground, and the variety of ages of trees in the woodland  provide a wonderful mosaic habitat for a large number of species.

Protecting the Earth 

Land for Nature will be managed organically. 

  • Soil is a finite resource that fulfills many important functions and services (ecosystem services) for society, for example as a growing medium for food and timber, as a store for carbon and water, as a reservoir of biodiversity and as a buffer against pollution. It is important that soil resources are protected and used in a sustainable way.
  • The land will be managed for wildlife and safeguarded for the future  by volunteers from the local community.

Community Resource

Volunteers will sensitively interact with the land and take part in traditional rural crafts and outdoor art activities.

The budget:

Land Survey/ Planning £4000

Saplings £300          
Contractor Charges/ Land Prep £200
Native Trees, stakes, tree guards £1000
Hedging plants £1000
Fencing / Netting £2500
Gate £500
Tools £2000
Safety Equipment £500
Signage £600
Fertilizer £200
Advertising/ Posters £200
Catering/ Refreshments £400
Storm Kettle Set £100
Volunteers expenses £600
Patrol Shelter £400
Tool Store £550
Insurance £150


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Coffee Break

Coffee and cake for two at Redwing Gallery in Penzance.

£20 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£20 Reward

Lunch for two in the plant-based cafe at Redwing Gallery in Penzance.

£250 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Building Rooks Nests

A limited edition print entitle 'Building Rooks Nests' by Peter Fox. Unframed.

£250 or more

1 of 4 claimed

Studio Visit

Have tea with artist Peter Fox in his woodland garden, hear about the inspiration for his artwork and take home an original artwork.

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