£730,000 Heritage Lottery boost to Fingle Woods’ restoration

A ranger sawing a tree.

Together with the Woodland Trust we were successful in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The award of £730,000 from the HLF will enhance the restoration of Fingle Woods.

Over the next five years this funding will be used to help us transform the woods, providing better access, way marking, restoring the ancient woodland and improving the habitat for species to thrive.

" We’re thrilled to receive the award from the Heritage Lottery Fund. We’re looking forward to working together with the Woodland Trust to improve the natural habitat for wildlife, put in place our plans to restore the woodland and help make this special place accessible to everyone."
- Heather Kay, General Manager, Castle Drogo

Woodland restoration

The grant will support further restoration of over 200 hectares of ancient woodland, which was once covered in native broadleaf trees but was subsequently replanted with conifers in the 1930s.


The funding will also help preserve the historic Wooston Castle an Iron Age hill fort, to try and reverse its decline and remove it from the Heritage at Risk Register and develop better information around the site.

If you are interested in getting involved either by volunteering or bringing a school group please contact Eleanor Lewis, Community Engagement Officer, EleanorLewis@woodlandtrust.org.uk

To find out more and catch up with the latest news you can visit the blog http://finglewoods.org.uk/