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Gobions Woodland Trust Report 1998

Gobions Woodland Trust Report 1999

Grant helps Gobions Wood

The Gobions Woodland Trust has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of 22,200 to formulate a restoration and management plan for Gobions Wood. The plan will look at the future of the wood and how access to the wood can be improved.

The Grade II registered garden was designed by Charles Bridgeman in the 1720s or 1730s. Bridgeman also worked at Hampton Court, Blenheim and Stowe, as well as some of the Royal Parks in London. Because his landscapes were generally overlaid in the mid to late 18th century it has widely been supposed that none of his designs remain intact, but Gobions Wood is thought to be one of the most intact of his landscapes. Part of the site is managed as a Nature Conservation area for the benefit of wildlife and the Trust monitors and records plant and butterfly populations. Records of bat movement and the wood’s fungi population are also recorded.

The wood is open to the public at all times. Public access will be looked at as part of the management plan, especially improved disabled access and the provision for attracting youth organisations and school groups.

Eilish McGuinness, HLF’s Regional Manager for East of England, said: "This is a great opportunity to look at the condition of the area and forge a new future for Gobions Wood. The new plan will give a sound basis for the restoration and maintenance of the wood, which will make visits there much more enjoyable."

Founder Trustee of the Gobions Woodland Trust, Michael Jonas, said he was delighted at the news from the Heritage Lottery Fund of the grant of 22,200, being about 75% of the cost of employing professional consultants to produce a restoration and management plan for Gobions Wood.

“This plan will include surveys into the existing flora and fauna, the historical background, and the current usage of the Trust’s land, and give recommendations for future management,” he said.

“Over the past 15 years, volunteers have managed the Wood with the aid of donations from local residents and various grants. The funding for this plan is crucial to putting the long-term management of the Trust’s lands on to a firm financial and professional footing,” he continued.

“This is a most exciting way to start the new Millennium. The plan will be the first stage in giving the public the opportunity to appreciate the genius of Charles Bridgeman, the forerunner of the epoch of great English landscape gardening, culminating in the work of Capability Brown.

“Implementation of the plan will give rise to stimulating, new challenges for the Trust,” Mr Jonas concluded.

For further information, phone: Michael Jonas (01707-656531) or Iain Aitken (01707-885193) or e-mail

Other sections of the Gobions Woodland Trust Friends' Report 1999

Annual Report 1999
Butterfly Survey 1999
Butterfly Survey Details 1999
Ecological Survey
Bird Survey 1999

Annual Report 1998

May 15, 2000


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