Woodmeadow Trust overview
Woodmeadow Trust, established in 2013 to specifically address the catastrophic decline in biodiversity, is a pioneering charity taking practical action for nature and people by creating ‘woodmeadow’ and inspiring others to plant and look after these exceptional habitats.
The centrepiece of our activities has been the transformation of a 25-acre arable field into a teeming wildlife habitat. This our flagship site is Three Hagges Woodmeadow at Escrick near York.
The creation of woodmeadow, and its recognition as a key conservation habitat, goes a long way to realising the aims of the UK’s 25-year Plan for the Environment. A woodmeadow is one of the richest habitats in temperate Europe. It is a mosaic of trees and grassland and management plays a key part. Woodmeadows are extremely botanically diverse – in time they can have more than 60 plant species per square metre and the edges are particularly rich in biodiversity.
We have created a habitat that within 5 years has generated a haven for wildlife, engaged the entire community, provided educational programmes and at the same time involved scientific experts so that we can promote a sustainable path for the future of the British countryside.
(The Woodmeadow Trust was previously the Hagge Woods Trust)