Creating a wildlife refuge in the Wilder Marches

by Phil Sturgeon in Knighton, , United Kingdom

Creating a wildlife refuge in the Wilder Marches
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Unfortunately this project was not successful.

Purchasing 20 acres of low-grade land for reforestation in Powys, part of the Wilder Marches project area that spans England and Wales.

by Phil Sturgeon in Knighton, , United Kingdom

Update: Please do not continue donating! The land has escaped us, and we're having trouble getting this campaign winded down, but Crowdfunder support are on the case. If you have donated you'll be getting a full refund as soon as they can work their magic.

Please help Protect Earth raise the funds to purchase 20 acres of land near Knighton, just down the road from one of our largest woodland creation and habitat restoration projects in Lloyney, known as Goytre Hill, soon to be Goytre Wood. 

More about Goytre Wood (English, Welsh).

The plan for this land would be to naturally regenerate some sections and plant some sections as appropriate, keeping some areas open around the ponds to increase benefits for wildlife. This would be another community woodland, with increased public access to enjoy this wonderful space, connecting up to existing popular public footpaths and bridleways.


This land was brought to our attention by the Radnorshire Wildlife Trust, who support our attempt to purchase the land.

Who are we?

Protect Earth is a registered charity with projects and team mates spread across England, Scotland, and Wales, focused on natural solutions to the climate and biodiversity crises. We work with farmers to increase natural and climate resilience on their land at no cost to them, but we also buy the lowest quality farmland and other degraded land to create larger wildlife refuges because "hedges and edges" alone isn't going to get us out of these crises.

Why this specific bit of land? 

Just like Goytre Hill, this land lies in the Wilder Marches area, meaning it will have a compound benefit due to the network effect created by all these nearby projects. With work being done across the common, multiple Wildlife Trust sites nearby, and improvements being made various farms nearby, this 20 acre habitat creation project will have far more impact than a similar sized project done in isolation.


What is Wilder Marches?

The Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire, Herefordshire, and Shropshire Wildlife Trusts have formed the ‘Wilder Marches’ Partnership, a cross-border project bringing together landowners, farmers, and chartiable organizations, all working together to help nature struggling in the face of intensive farming and extensive forestry plantations. 

What happens if we don't hit the target?

If we do not hit £30,000, we will not be able to make an offer, and all pledges will be returned.

What happens if our offer is not accepted?

Crowdfunding for land on the open market is incredibly hard, and in the past we've come in second place and returned all the money. After being outbid trying to Save Blackswarth Road Wood, many of our supporters asked us to put the money towards other land purchases, so this time we are going to do that.

If we hit the £30,000 target, all pledges will go into our Land Fund, to be used to purchase this site or another similar site, for woodland and habitat creation. This fund is ringfenced purely for buying land, and cannot be used for salary, equipment, marketing, or any other general purposes. We will be looking for more land in the same area, and lots of unused land is coming up, so we will strive to put your money to good use as soon as possible.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

Open Day

Anyone donating £50 or over will be invited to our open-day, where we will show you around the current site, and discuss plans with everyone.

£1,000 or more

Patron Level

Your name will be added onto a plaque at the site thanking you for making this community woodland project possible.

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