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BBC Presenter Backs Appeal To Save Waterway Woodlands
John Craven, TV presenter and Vice-President of The Waterways Trust, has given his backing to the Trust’s appeal to save waterway woodlands.
John explains: "Hundreds of miles of canals and rivers are boarded by trees and woodland which provide a haven for wildlife, but many woods are unmanaged and habitats are in decline.
"These unmanaged trees can grow into canal walls and bridges, and overhanging branches can obstruct people on towpaths and boats. Our woods are also becoming overcrowded with too many trees competing for light. Non-native trees are fast invading, leaving little or no space for our native shrubs and wildflowers."
"Through this appeal, The Waterways Trust hopes to raise much needed funds to undertake vital conservation work so our precious waterside woodlands can thrive."
The Trust will use donations to help:
Joanne Darlington, Development Director England & Wales, explains: “There are many waterside woodlands that need help. At Brent Reservoir, for example, the planting of disease resistant elms will provide vital food for the threatened white letter hairstreak butterfly which lives there. In Scotland, the coppicing of native woodland along the Crinan Canal could open up views for visitors and create habitats for wildflowers, insects and bats.
“We want to see canalside woods cherished by local people and revived as havens for wildlife and are working with our partners to achieve this. It is a huge task and we need your support.”
To find out more and make a donation to the appeal visit www.thewaterwaystrust.org.uk
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