With just weeks to go until the COP26 climate summit begins, a new rewilding centre, one of the largest in the country, has been launched to showcase and share the best biodiversity and sustainability practices in land management.
The Wildfell Centre for Environmental Recovery, a 296-acre site near Braintree, will be dedicated to helping landowners unlock the potential of their underutilised land with the potential to increase environmental and societal value for generations to come.
After buying the site for £2m, landscape and maintenance contractor Ground Control will lead in its transformation into a research and training facility, providing guidance and hands-on learning opportunities in woodland creation, meadow & hedgerow restoration and biodiverse habitat restoration.
Clients and landowners will also have the opportunity to learn from evidence-based trials in sequestering carbon whilst increasing biodiversity and sustainability practices relevant to their landbank.
To mark the centre’s launch, sustainability leaders from organisations such as Anglian Water, Network Rail, Forestry England, JLL, Guinness, Fujitsu, Aviva and Network Rail attended the ‘Green Gains Live’ summit to discuss ways to better utilise land to limit global warming and support environmental recovery.
“The recent release of the IPCC report highlighted the urgent need to switch to a low-carbon footing,” said Ground Control Director KimMorrish. “A key part of this process is identifying and increasing the environmental value of land through habitat creation and improvement to help reverse the decline in the UK’s natural environment.”
“The Wildfell Centre presents
us with an exciting opportunity to
highlight the benefits of rewilding degraded land. Showcasing the best practices for habitat creation, biodiversity net gain and carbon sequestration will allow public and private landowners to reimagine their landbanks and explore what they can do to maximise green gains and create a stainable legacy for the next generation.”
“Together with our £5 million Evergreen Fund, the Wildfell Centre supports our commitment as business as a force for social and environmental sustainability – within our industry and beyond.”