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Every pound makes a difference in our Clean Up To Green Up initiative

18/10/2023

In the heart of Norfolk, a dedicated team of specialists from Norfolk Wildlife Trust has been hard at work, embarking on a mission to transform an area into a thriving haven for woodland and wildlife.

Excavating & Groundworks

The team of specialists at Norfolk Wildlife Trust have been working hard to get the land ready for woodland to survive and naturally encourage wildlife to live and breed in the area. More recently, PSH’s very own Simon has finished preparing the land at Foxley, by excavating drainage channels and scrapes and removing old pipework so that the newly planted woodland trees can flourish on the site for many hundreds of years to come.

New Life Emerging

The fruits of the team’s labour are really beginning to manifest as the transformation at Foxley is nothing short of remarkable. A vibrant tapestry of life is unravelling across the landscape, driven by the random planting efforts of preschool children and the adjacent ancient woodland that spills over into the area. Young oak trees, blackthorn, baythorne, and, of course, the iconic bluebells are flourishing, promising a vibrant future for this rejuvenated space. As time progresses, the Foxley team plans to enlist the support of more schools and the local community to breathe even more life into this promising landscape.

Your Pound at Work

This remarkable project wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our fantastic customers. With over £12,000 raised, each pound contributed by our customers has played a vital role. Whether you’ve rented a single skip or used our services repeatedly throughout the year, your contribution has fueled this remarkable transformation. Your pounds have been invested in securing the new trees’ future and the countless hours spent preparing this brownfield site for its rejuvenation, so your support truly makes all the difference.

What Norfolk Wildlife Trust Have to Say

Will Russell, Lead Officer for Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Woods & Heaths Nature Conservation Team commented on the progress to date. “Foxley Wood is a precious remnant of the ancient woodland that once covered much of Norfolk. Our care and management here has entered a new phase thanks to the support of PSH and its customers, allowing us to make the vital first steps of bringing this land back into the wood after hundreds of years under the plough.” 

He continues “Only in the second year of the project a ride pattern has been created, leaf litter and hay from the existing wood has been transported to maintain the genetic integrity of the soil across new and old wood, and deer fencing has been erected to protect the open boundaries. New saplings and ‘spill over’ young plants are already populating the new 12 acres”.

James Hogg, Corporate Partnerships Manager at NWT added: “We are enormously grateful to all the PSH customers who have contributed to our exciting generation of the new land at Foxley Wood. To have infrastructure in place, school children on site helping plant acorns and learning about woodland nature, and of course, PSH’s own staff taking part in the restoration with their skills has really kick started this project with benefits for the long, long term”. 

The Work Continues

As we approach autumn, the excitement is growing as we anticipate the continued development of this unique piece of land. Our project’s core focus was to rewild the local community, ensuring that both our valued customers and dedicated team can visit this site at any given time. We invite you to witness the ongoing transformation at Foxley Wood for yourself. 

Join us on this incredible journey of rejuvenation and discovery at Foxley Wood, where the landscape is being lovingly reshaped to thrive for generations to come.

Please keep in mind that the woodland is closed on Thursdays for essential woodland habitat management works.

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