Cefn Coch has now been saved
Thanks to your support, our campaign to raise funds to buy Cefn Coch has been a success!
We gave you just a few short months to help us raise the £350,000 needed for us to purchase 142ha (352 acres) of beautiful windswept land high in the Cambrian Mountains. £200,000 had been pledged already, but that still left a gap of £150,000. And thanks to your generous support, we've made it.
As a result, we have now exercised our option to buy the land and have let it to Wales Wild Land Foundation, who will lead the project from now on.
"Many congratulations to the Woodland Trust and Wales Wild Land Foundation on raising the money to buy Cefn Coch near Machynlleth. I look forward to seeing the reserve develop into a habitat for some of the most iconic creatures we have in Wales."
Bringing rare wildlife back to the mountains of Wales
Our vision for Cefn Coch is simple. Working alongside the Wales Wild Land Foundation, we're committed to restoring Cefn Coch to a more natural state with thriving wildlife.
Cefn Coch is currently neglected, ecologically degraded, and has not been grazed for some years. The plan is to kick-start the restoration by planting 5,000 native trees, birch, rowan, willow, alder, Scots pine, hazel, hawthorn and blackthorn. These will act as a seed source to allow the site to regenerate naturally – encouraging back birds such as the nightjar and the curlew.
In the future, we plan to enable visitors to spend time in Cefn Coch too, enjoying the iconic wildlife of Wales and walking through a precious patch of Cambrian countryside.
You can still help
Once again, we’re so grateful to our brilliant supporters for helping to make this exciting and innovative project a reality. While we have raised the money to purchase Cefn Coch, it’s just one of more than 100 sites covering more than 2,500 hectares across Wales that the Woodland Trust owns and cares for.
In 2017 we will spend over £1,000,000 looking after these sites and any donation you make will support this ongoing work in Wales.