A project is looking to raise enough money to transform a piece of scrubland near Knighton into a community woods.

Protect Earth is raising money to buy 20 acres near Knighton at their site, Goytre Wood and transform the land into a “community woodland”,

The project have said that they must raise £30,000 by April 24 and have had a past record of transforming land in Devon where they have been rehabilitating a former tree plantation and restoring it to its original state as a temperate rainforest stocked with native plants.

The site in the south west is close to the community of Liskeard and the group says it has worked with the community and council to “ensure public access for all the dog walkers, horse riders, cyclists, twitchers, and everyone in between”.


Ecologist, Steve Wiltshire said: “Protect Earth's intention is to plant trees here – it's what we do – but it's important that tree planting doesn't affect any habitats or wildlife already present.

"We want more trees, but protecting and enhancing biodiversity is also the name of the game.

“Goytre is made up of distinct habitats, not all of them suitable for tree planting."

He added: “Protect Earth have applied to the Welsh Government for a Woodland Creation Grant outlining this proposal.

“We hope to plant around 14,000 native trees at Goytre, while protecting and improving the valuable wildlife-rich habitat already found there.

“In a few years' time a mosaic of habitats will maximise the site's biodiversity, while a significant amount of new planting will be another welcome contribution to tackling the climate crisis.”