About the project
This project is about restoring a healthy, beautiful natural environment and is at the heart of the National Trust’s strategy for the future, which means land rich in nature for people to enjoy.
At Wembury Point, after the Ministry of Defence left, the National Trust opted for a nature-friendly approach to managing the land. Wembury today has an incredibly rich landscape, with important wildflowers and wildlife ranging from butterflies and bees to the rare cirl bunting and Dartford warblers. We would like to celebrate more nature success stories across all of Wembury.
How are we going to do it?
We hope by creating and improving different habitats, we will see a wider variety of insects, birds and small mammals. New habitats will be created through planting more trees, growing wildflower meadows and creating wetlands areas.
To see our current and future land use maps, click here.
Over the next three years, the National Trust will be planting over 90,000 trees to create a community woodland at Wembury Barton Farm. This will form part of the Plymouth and South Devon Community Forest, a partnership between the National Trust, the Woodland Trust, Plymouth City Council and South Hams District Council, and is part of the wider Defra-funded Community Forest scheme.
In the future, we can look forward to a woodland that is rich in blossom, nectar and wildlife with tree species such as sessile oak complementing the existing ancient woodland. In addition to creating nature-rich habitats, Community Forests are about bringing people closer to nature and helping to improve both mental and physical well-being. At Wembury, new footpaths and a multi-user path will be created through this new woodland that will link to existing paths.
There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved, whether that’s by planting a tree or learning more about how to look after this nature-rich woodland.