North West Benefits From National Lottery13/01/2020
Dave Scott, the Woodland Trust’s Treescape Project Manager commented: “This is an unmissable opportunity for the Trust and for local people. By creating and protecting woodland, we’re helping to create a resilient wooded landscape that will stay strong when faced with ever increasing threats, such as flooding and tree disease.
“A robust landscape depends upon people. We want farmers to see the practical and financial benefits – the natural capital – that trees and woodland bring. We’ll also be working with schools in the hope that young people will grow up with a real love of nature. All in all, thanks to National Lottery players, the project means good news for wildlife and for the people who live in, work in, or visit the Faughan Valley.”
Ian McCurley, Director of Woodland Trust for Northern Ireland commented: “These are exciting times for The Woodland Trust and for Northern Ireland. This award from The National Lottery Heritage Fund has come at a crucial time, as woodland cover in Northern Ireland is the lowest in all of Europe at 8%, and our precious ancient woodland cover is 0.04%. Our vision is to protect, restore and connect ancient woodland for people, wildlife and the economy and this funding from the National Lottery will enable us to do just that for the Faughan Valley.
“We want to establish The Faughan Valley as the best example of woodland in Northern Ireland and support rural communities in the surrounding areas. There are over 150,000 people living in the Derry and Strabane District Council area, and the Faughan Valley is an exciting opportunity for local people to enjoy their rural surroundings and for tourists and daytrippers to discover this naturally beautiful outdoor space, as we link up 1000 acres of publically accessible woodlands in the Faughan Valley area.
“We continue to take action against climate change and tree planting in the Faughan Valley is one of the most effective, simple and cost effective solutions. Not only do the trees absorb CO2, but they also support wildlife, provide outdoor access and are a great way to get communities involved in looking after the environment.”
Paul Mullan, Director Northern Ireland at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Nature is our oldest form of heritage but much of it is under threat. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, projects such as this are empowering people to take action for the future of nature.
“The Faughan Valley landscape is home to some incredible wildlife and habitats and is steeped in history. This funding will connect communities with the natural heritage on their doorstep and put them at the heart of helping it to survive and thrive.”