Acres of new woodland to be planted in Cheshire

Three shoots in Cheshire, who are members of BASC’s Green Shoots project, have received a £9,700 grant to plant new woodland.

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation’s Green Shoots project officer in Cheshire, Ben Gregory, helped the shoots apply for project funding for the habitat improvement work through the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/aggregates/

The bid was put together with the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) and Cheshire County Council with Defra awarding £46,765 in total to spend on the ground (£9,700 to BASC Green Shoots members).

BASC’s Ben Gregory said: “The money has been used to plant up 3.9 acres of broadleaf woodland which will not only provide valuable cover for the shoots but will also benefit a wide variety of other important species.”

NOTES TO EDITORS

• BASC’s Green Shoots programme is a unique collaboration between people who manage land for shooting and other conservation groups. It allows access to land used for shooting for survey and management work designed to meet Cheshire’s biodiversity targets to improve the range and diversity of plants, animals, birds and insects.

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