Earlier this year, under direction of the Forestry Commission and with agreement from Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust, Torbay Council felled a large quantity of trees at Churston Woods in Torbay in order to prevent the spread of disease. All the larch and most of the sweet chestnut trees in the wood had to be felled. This was devastating for Torbay and, particularly the local community who regularly walk through and enjoy the tranquil natural oasis offered by the woods. The felling ripped the heart out of the woods and we need your help to fill the void, so the woodland can regenerate.
As managers of Churston Woods, Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust is keen to start the restoration this winter. Our plan is to replant the cleared areas of the woods with suitable native trees (including oak, beech and field maple) and shrubs, which together with managed natural regeneration, will enable this ancient semi-natural woodland to regenerate.
The total cost of the replanting is estimated to be approximately £21,000, which includes a 5 year maintenance plan. With initial grant funding of £10,000 from the Forestry Commission and £6,000 from Torbay Council, raised from the proceeds of the felling, there is likely to be shortfall of £5,000. This is our target. All the money donated will help us ensure that we have the best chance of re-establishing a healthy and beautiful woodland.
We are excited about this project and the opportunities for supporters (including schools and community groups) to get physically involved with the replanting. We will organise open community planting sessions for donors and are offering to run organised (team-building) replanting sessions in return for larger donations by groups or businesses.
We very much welcome any assistance offered by the community to help us promote and raise funds for this worthwhile project. Please encourage your family and friends to donate to this worthy cause. Every donation makes a difference and helps us close the funding gap.
As a local independent charity, Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust depends upon donations, public and private grants, the support of our members, and a small army of volunteers, friends groups and fundraising events and activities to help us look after the natural heritage of Torbay.