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West Norfolk environmental project hailed as new national network appeal launched

Work to return hundreds of acres of land in West Norfolk land to its natural state is set to become part of a nationwide network of environmental projects.

A crowdfunding appeal is being launched today to meet the estimated £25,000 set-up costs of the Rewilding Britain programme.

And the Wild Ken Hill site at Snettisham is seen by officials as a prime example of the kind of work they want to see nationwide.

Wild Ken Hill at Snettisham (22090411)
Wild Ken Hill at Snettisham (22090411)

The site is already part of a European network of rewilding projects and became the first site in Norfolk to get the go-ahead for the release of beavers back in April.

It is rewilding 1,000 acres of land, as well as managing 2,000 acres of regenerative agriculture and 500 acres of freshwater marsh, in a project which aims to show how restoring lands to their previously uncultivated state can both improve the environment and farmers' businesses.

Rewilding Britain chief executive Rebecca Wrigley said: “We need to hit the reset button for our relationship with the natural world, and rebuild our lives and economies in ways that keep nature and us healthy.

Meadows at Wild Ken Hill (19561870)
Meadows at Wild Ken Hill (19561870)

“Our network will help propel rewilding to a whole new level – so we can all begin to enjoy a Britain rich in wildlife again, with healthy living systems soaking up millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide, and our lives enriched by wild nature and strong resilient communities, regenerative farms and nature-friendly businesses.”

The organisation says more than half of UK species are in decline and as many as 15 per cent face extinction.

It aims to launch and support the restoration of 300,000 acres of land across the UK over the next three years.

Ms Wrigley said: “Rewilding is about letting nature do its thing and take care of itself, but it’s also about people.

"People lie at the heart of rewilding, and people need to choose to rewild to make it happen. The Rewilding Network will be Britain’s first learning and action network dedicated to supporting people who want to put rewilding into practice."

For more information, and to support the appeal, visit www.rewildingbritain.org.uk.

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