A new charity, Friends of Mortimer Forest, has been set up to help preserve and enhance the natural environment of the local forest and to encourage its use by the whole community, to promote mental and physical health and educational activities.
Mortimer Forest is a place of natural beauty, tranquillity, historic significance, and it’s just on the doorstep! The charity’s Patrons and Trustees are committed to maintaining the forest as an inspirational natural refuge, where wildlife can coexist with the needs of those enjoying the beautiful ancient woodland in the heart of the Marches.
The newly launched group is developing a series of projects and activities in and around Mortimer Forest and will work with government agencies and charities with similar objectives.
Friends of Mortimer Forest is committed to working with all stakeholders to reinstate ancient native woodlands, enhance the habitat for plants and wildlife through conservation initiatives that serve the local community, wider public and future generations.
To become a Friend is free, and the charity welcomes a wide membership, including those with a special interest in biodiversity, conservation, natural therapy and forest-related skills.
As projects develop, members will be invited to volunteer or lead woodland projects and activities that not only enhance the forest, but also further connect the lives of Herefordshire and Shropshire residents and visitors to the wood.
Saturday 11 September, 3pm, St Laurence’s church, Ludlow, Friends of Mortimer Forest are hosting a keynote talk from its Patron, world-renowned environmental campaigner and former Director of Friends of the Earth, Sir Jonathon Porritt.
The theme of his presentation is Forget the Global if We Can’t Deliver the Local.
There is no need to book, and it’s free of charge, please come and bring friends. Refreshments including local venison sausages available from 1 pm, with donations.