Heal: New wildlife charity aims to buy land in the English lowlands and give it back to nature

Heal, a new wildlife charity, is building a fund to buy land in the English lowlands and give it back to nature.

According to The Guardian, the charity, which is crowdunding, will seek sites such as former farms, green belt or lower-grade land where wildlife can recover. The intention is to let the land recover naturally rather than by planting nursery-grown trees.

Jan Stannard, Heal’s chair, told The Guardian: “We face a brutal environment, but we are resilient. Nature cannot wait. Everywhere I look, I see absence of wildlife. But each one of our sites will help hundreds of species.

“We urgently need everyone together to help make nature’s recovery happen,” said Stannard. “Our sites will be places where wildlife can return and thrive, but they will also become sanctuaries for people. Our vision is to heal the land, heal nature and heal ourselves.”

Heal, whose mission is to: “Raise money. Buy land in England. Rewild. Everyone, together”, will launch on 30 March 2020.

It is understood that the initial £7m, 500-acre project will be in the southern English lowlands on a site yet to be announced. The site will grow wild from its seed bank, animal seed dispersal or by spreading seeds from nearby land.


Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com

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