Sunday, 3 July 2016

Fineshade proposal for wildlife project


Once again we feel that there is something you could do to help protect Fineshade Wood from inappropriate development. It involves completing a short online survey here-- 

There is a series of tick box questions followed by an opportunity to write something short, mentioning that you are a Friend of Fineshade and supporting the idea to base a wildlife project here.  Full details are below.

You may have seen a page that we published on the Friends of Fineshade website earlier today:!back-from-the-brink/p3lhi

We feel there is a good chance that the Rockingham Forest Back from the Brink Project, led by our good Friends at Butterfly Conservation, will decide that they want to base at least part of the project here at Fineshade. By filling in the survey form and saying that you would support an ecological project based here you will be helping to ensure that the project does indeed make that decision.

Of course, that will not be the end of the matter. The Forestry Commission will need to agree to the project being based here, an agreement that would make it even harder for them to allow Forest Holidays to develop a holiday camp: perhaps even they will see that the two developments would be incompatible. We believe there could be strong support within many at the FC for a Back from the Brink project here. Perhaps the Visitor Centre at Top Lodge could become a centre for celebrating nature once again, rather as it was when the Red Kite centre was here.

And, of course, the Heritage Lottery Fund needs to agree to fund the project - once again a strong response to the survey will help greatly.  So please fill out the project’s survey (it's mainly tick boxes) but include some mention of Fineshade in your answer to question 10. You could perhaps mention that you are a Friend of Fineshade and would support the idea to base a wildlife project here.

This is rather urgent - we understand decisions could be made as soon as next week. Very many thanks for your continued support for Fineshade Wood. We really do appreciate your help.

Friends of Fineshade.
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