Lincolnshire re-wilding project aims to bring back nature to Doddington Hall; ITV News Calendar

Doddington Hall, near Lincoln, is starting a long-term project to bring nature back to the property through rewilding.

Wilder Doddington is a 100-year project promoting natural processes on a large scale – the property says it will lead to the development of woodland pastures, wetlands and biodiverse grasslands.

The land had previously been extensively drained and conventionally farmed.

The project will also offer a range of safaris, tours, guided walks and nature watching; along with camping and glamping.

Claire Birch, partner at Doddington Farms, said: “I spent my 20s worrying about tropical rainforests, but now I realize that landowners in England have a huge role to play in combating climate change and the decline in biodiversity can, and we want to be an example of that.

“It’s not just about the large amount of land we dedicate to nature recreation, but also about all of the wonderful people who visit Doddington, who can also be part of this journey and hopefully be inspired by it to play their own part in the fight of the most important questions of our time. “

It is planned that cattle on the property will continue to graze in the wild fields and introduce other animals over time. Photo credit: ITV News

A spokesman for Natural England said: “Wilder Doddington is supported by Natural England and funded through the Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship Scheme.

“This is currently the largest rewilding project in the East Midlands and will allow nature to recreate on a landscape scale by creating new habitats for wildlife.”

The project is also supported by the University of Lincoln to expand academic reach and generate research from the project.

Paul Learoyd, Chief Executive, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, said, “We are passionate about Wilder Doddington’s ambitions and believe that this landscape pursuit has the potential to generate regional biodiversity gains and habitat and species loss in the area to reverse. ”

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