Claire and Doug King-Smith have spent 6 years looking after a small ancient woodland on the edge of Dartmoor. Managing it for community and environmental benefit. Their work is now under threat from planners who, despite expert support from the Forestry Commission and huge community backing, have made decisions which threaten the sustainable management of our woods.
Bishop James Jones, the chair of the Independent Panel on Forestry to the Government said:
‘Thank you for sharing with me the story of Hillyfield.
I am inspired by the initiative and the energy of the project and equally appalled by the opposition that you have encountered which demonstrates how those in authority lose sight of the very values that they should be encouraging and protecting. They should be working with you and not against you. And especially in the current climate when public resources will be increasingly hard to find, those in authority should be championing local initiatives such as yours that mobilise the release of the wealth of time, energy and voluntary labour in local communities.’
Their story has made it to the National Press with an article in the Guardian, several magazines, and many blogs. You can watch their 3-minute video here to find out more The Hillyfield Appeal – Help Small Woods Thrive.
The Hillyfield is a beautiful Dartmoor Woodland. We need £35,000. Help us to stand up for a vibrant woodland culture on Dartmoor in COURT!
Alternatively you might like to read some of the recent articles Here on our Press page.
If we do not stand up to the planners at a Public Inquiry we will no longer be able to look after the land, or make a viable business from the wood we have had to fell due to disease… furthermore, due to the planning implications of the case, it will have a negative impact on the future viability of woodland regeneration projects throughout the UK.
BUT it is not too late!
There are 2 days left for us to reach our goal so we can engage a legal team to represent us in court and stand up for sustainable woodland regeneration and a vibrant culture of wood on Dartmoor.
Here is how you can help:
1) Please chip in, and enjoy one of the rewards on the crowd-funder http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/thehillyfield/
2) Spread the word like a forest fire in june. We need you to tell your friends on our behalf, to share this on social media pages and groups. Our website has videos, and images to share, and twitter is trending with #savehillyfield
And if you would like to visit the woods yourselves, maybe JOIN US For a wonderful event we will be hosting, a thank-you celebration on the 28th of August. Enjoy music with Martha Tilston, Nathan Ball, story-telling with Martin Shaw & others, and Dartmoor Skies inspecting the planets. This will be a fundraiser and details are on our crowd-fund page here: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/thehillyfield/
We need to raise £35,000 minimum to cover the legal fees for a Public Inquiry.
So far we have managed to raise just over 86% at £30,218 from 555 backers. We have just 2 days to raise the rest, so if you can help chip in please do!
There are also many crowd fund gifts you might enjoy including original artworks, music, wooden products, workshops and more.
A great way of helping is by spreading the word and sending the link out to your network which would be hugely appreciated. Every share makes a difference, so please look at the messages below and help spread it far and wide.
Much love and we hope you enjoy the videos!
Doug and Claire
(Toryn and Oscar)
and for a bit of fun…. the whole story in a song by Sam Alty Where do Bears Do it? #SaveHillyfield
Want to Help Save this Wood? Please join me & add your support now. Visit http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/thehillyfield/ & stop planners from threatening this woodland project.
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