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Ending one project and starting a new chapter

Our 4-year Building Resilience project came to an end in January 2023 after successfully shining a light on the south west’s temperate rainforest and the lichen, moss and liverwort communities it supports.

A landscape shot of a temperate rainforest with ferns, mosses, lichens covering every surface

The initiative saw 12 partners work across 3 counties to raise awareness of the importance of this habitat and the multitude of species who make it their home. 

Paid for by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, it focused on tackling two connected threads:  

  • an under-appreciation of the woodlands’ importance; and  
  • a lack of understanding and specialist knowledge to manage and conserve them effectively. 


What the project has achieved

We are proud to have clocked up a raft of achievements during the 4-year lifespan of Building Resilience. These included: 

  • Leading practical conservation activity on the ground to safeguard vulnerable sites and species for the future. We have also used the learning from these projects to inform and empower land managers in the south west. 
  • Making sure people in the region have the necessary skills to identify obscure plants and lichens. This includes the project’s skilled volunteers, who have played a key role in revitalising taxonomic groups. 
  • Showcasing the importance of monitoring management schemes so that their impact can be measured in the short, medium and long term.
  • Creating a wealth of new knowledge and data to inform future conservation action. Our volunteers have made a crucial contribution to this by carrying out rapid rainforest assessments, new generation botanical surveys and site monitoring.
  • Developing a ‘Rainforest Hub’ which provides land managers with guidance and examples of effective conservation action throughout the UK. This is helping to make sure good practice is shared across the country. 
  • Arranging regular and progressive training for land managers, volunteers and educators, such as teachers, environmental educators and rangers. This is ensuring the project will leave a strong legacy which will continue to bring benefits into the future. 
  • Inspiring others to act by holding ‘Resilient Rainforest’ training to raise the habitat’s profile.  
  • Encouraging families, schools and communities to contribute by arranging volunteering opportunities and events. We have also provided helpful resources which continue to be used by local stakeholders.

The future of rainforest restoration and management in the south west

The impact of Building Resilience has been significant and has firmly positioned Plantlife at the centre of rainforest conservation in the south west of England. 

As a direct result, we have gone on to secure long-term funding to help manage the habitats of 21 species across 12 sites owned and managed by partners, all of which will be overseen by a new Rainforest Advisor. 

More ‘Work in Partnerships’ Projects

Nature recovery from the bottom up
Yellow rattle in a meadow

Nature recovery from the bottom up

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The impact of our work on nitrogen and peat
Landscape image of water rippling against the peatland on a cold overcast day

The impact of our work on nitrogen and peat

We’re working in partnership to tackle the threats which nitrogen pollution and peat sales pose to wild plants and fungi.

Saving Wales’ threatened species
Two people with looking at a plant with the mountain in the back drop

Saving Wales’ threatened species

Our exciting plans for Natur am Byth, Wales’ flagship green recovery project, were fully developed during 2022/23, paving the way for the initiative to begin in earnest in summer 2023.