Save Burley Lane Wood Quarndon

We were outbid. Refunds will be made soon. Thank you so much for your support.We are going to focus on increasing protection of the wood. Support Save Burley Lane Wood Group to purchase this woodland and protect it for the community

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Dear all, unfortunately our bid has been rejected by the seller. We want to thank you for all your support, which has been amazing. We will start the process of returning the generous donations from tomorrow.

We hope that the future of this nature corridor is still safe and whoever has bought it, will take into consideration how important it is for wildlife and for the community.

It has been an extraordinary couple of weeks and has been amazing how the community got together as one team, in such a short time focusing on one objective.

Thank you,

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This wonderful woodland is under threat, we need to act now or it will be gone forever

We are racing against time to secure a vital wildlife habitat - a 3.471 acre (1.405 Ha) section of woodland on the northern edge of Allestree Park in Derbyshire, England. This green corridor between the village of Quarndon and the park is under imminent threat - it is up for sale by sealed bids the deadline for which is 12noon on 24 January 2024 - and will be at risk from development unless we save it.

This undisturbed, natural woodland, with its variety of broad-leaved trees and also fallen dead wood, is a haven for wildlife, providing a valuable habitat for birds, bats, small mammals, and invertebrates whose populations are already in decline. It's not just any old patch of trees; it's the source of Burley Brook, a crucial waterway in Allestree Park and is a vital green buffer zone for the park, protecting it from pollutants and invasive species. It’s one of the last remaining habitats of its kind in this area.

We need your urgent support

Our mission:

This crowdfunding campaign will allow us to raise the funds we need to buy the woodland, enabling the public, with the support of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, to purchase and preserve this essential local woodland for the community and for nature.

Why this is needed:

Our aim is to secure the long-term future of this plot of land so that it remains an undisturbed woodland paradise for nature, connecting Allestree Park and Quarndon for generations of humans and animals to come.

In our hands, the woodland will be protected and kept as a much-needed sanctuary for nature. In the hands of another purchaser it will be at risk. Here’s why:

1. Changes to local or national planning policies could jeopardise the current protection on the woodland.

2. Developers may exploit the potential high returns from acquiring the site and find ways to bypass existing protections.

3. Private ownership could lead to the transformation of this paradise into a private garden, causing trees to be chopped down and non-native species being planted.

How you can help:

● Donate now to contribute to the purchase of the woodland – we need to be in a position to make a bid on 24 January 2024

● Discuss this appeal with friends, family, and colleagues and encourage them to donate

● Share this urgent appeal on social media to help us spread the story far and wide

More information:

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Thank you for your commitment to preserving this vital wildlife habitat and for saying yes to a nature-filled future.

About the charity

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust are a small charity with big ideas. From surveying bumblebee numbers out in the field to taking toddlers on their first ever mini-beast hunt - our work spans from conservation at its most scientific right through to a child's first experience in nature.

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