Cow Hollow Wood
Wildlife in a Cambridgeshire wood is set to benefit from new habitat creation which has now been completed by the Woodland Trust.
The wood was created in the year 2000 as part of the Woodland Trust’s ‘Woods on your Doorstep’ which marked the millennium by creating hundreds of new woods across the country. The site is well used by local people and is home to many species of wildlife.
The charity’s Cow Hollow Wood near Waterbeach has benefitted from a grant of £13,859 from The Mick George Community Fund, which is managed by Grantscape, one of the UK's leading grant-makers and community benefit fund managers.
The grants have enabled the Trust to create a reed bed, providing a new home for wetland species such as dragonflies, common toads and many invertebrates, which will become a food source for birds including blackcaps, white throat and chiffchaff. The charity has also installed new benches to allow visitors to take time to enjoy the woodland and the wildlife it supports. The benches are all made from reclaimed wood and carved locally. Each bench is themed as chosen by the local community and depict carvings of nightingales, dragonflies and other wildlife.
Ian Froggatt, Woodland Trust site manager, said: “Spending time in woods is a great way to stay healthy and appreciate nature. Thanks to this funding we’ve been able to improve facilities in Cow Hollow Wood to ensure visitors of all abilities are catered for, as well as creating new wildlife habitats which the public can enjoy too.”
Mick George Limited is dedicated to supporting the local community and to protecting the environment and the Mick George Community Fund helps deliver both these objectives.
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd, said: “We are committed to putting resources back into the community where we all live and work. The fund helps to provide new and better community amenities and supports significant environmental improvement where most needed. We are sure that the changes undertaken at Cow Hollow Wood will provide not only a safe haven for flora and fauna but also great enjoyment for many local residents.”
In celebration of the completion of the new benches and reed bed, The Woodland Trust organised and hosted an exploration day in the wood with over 70 children from nearby Waterbeach Primary School in attendance. The children spent the day discovering nature’s secrets and learning about this special environment under the guidance of the Woodland Trust.