Building Resilience in South West Woodlands

From Cornwall to the west coast of Scotland, globally rare temperate rainforests full of special lichens and mosses are found on Britain’s mild, damp Atlantic coastline.

Lady studying a lichen on a tree

With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Building Resilience is working in the Atlantic woodlands of Devon, Somerset and Cornwall.

Atlantic woodlands are one of Britain and Ireland’s most important habitats and, like any rainforest, are home to a vast diversity of plant life including oddities like the "string-of-sausages" lichen Usnea articulata and Stictas, a stinky lichen that smells of fish!

These woods have inspired generations of writers, poets and painters including Wordsworth and Coleridge. Thanks to National Lottery players, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded Plantlife £433,700 to deliver the project over three and a half years from November 2018.

Our vision

Building Resilience in South West Woodlands will address the challenges these woodlands face, working closely with project partners, woodland owners, farmers and local communities to explore ways in which we can make them more resilient to change, better understood and fully celebrated as part of the region’s natural heritage.

Plantlife will do this by:

  • Creating opportunities for both the public and people who manage these woods to find out more about the plants that grow in them.
  • Carrying out essential woodland conservation work that will help to protect some of our most rare and threatened lower plants.
  • Engaging schools, families and members of the public through innovative woodland events and training programmes.

Where are we working?

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Building Resilience Resources