We believe the North East should be rich in wildlife for the benefit of everyone. Nature is central to our own health, happiness and economic prosperity so it needs to be at the heart of everything we do. We help to create and protect wildlife-rich landscapes and seas by working in partnership with landowners, local authorities, businesses and communities; by maintaining over 60 nature reserves and delivering projects to help wildlife; and by defending wildlife when it comes under threat from development and harmful policies. We aim to create a society where nature matters – where people understand the value of nature and take action for it. To do this, we educate and inspire thousands of people every year, reconnecting them with their local environment through our visitor centres, events, campaigns and engagement programmes.

The Wildwood Project is the creation of new Scot’s Pine and native woodland at Scaup Burn at Kielderhead, one of the wildest landscapes in England. It aims to restore natural processes and rebuild the healthy ecosystems that help with carbon storage and water quality. By using local seed stock and giving nature a helping hand we will increase biodiversity and build a highly resilient ecosystem. In the long term, the habitat we create would allow for the reintroduction and encouragement of species such as beaver and pine marten.

Kielderhead covers thousands of acres and is the ideal place for one of the most ambitious restoration projects in the country. In partnership with the Forestry Commission, who own the land, we have received a grant of £354,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help deliver the project, which will see us planting over 30,000 trees between 2018 and 2022.