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Hedley Hall: thank you for helping us save this angel in the north

Hedley Hall’s ancient wooded valley is a heavenly place – a real angel in the north!

At the foot of the valley, called Ridley Gill, is a fast-flowing stream, surrounded by banks of wild garlic, wood sorrel and bluebells. Woodpeckers hammer on trunks, tawny owls take cover in the trees and kestrels can be spied overhead. This spectacular Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in Tyne and Wear is also known for its rare greater tussock-sedge and unusual wet flushes. It’s a little piece of paradise, just fifteen minutes’ drive from Newcastle.

We already owned a large part of the site, having acquired a large area of land at Hedley Hall in 1991. And now, thanks to your help and that of other generous funders, Ridley Gill’s remaining 12 acres of precious ancient woodland, along with 47 acres of neighbouring farmland, is now in Woodland Trust care.

With your support, we can now begin to buffer and protect this pocket of fragile, beautiful ancient woodland. And we can plant thousands of trees to transform bare fields into vibrant woodland for wildlife and people. To see the current site, the land we’ve now secured and our vision for the future, view our illustrated map.

We’ve made a huge step forward thanks to your support. But we still need your help to ensure the long term future of Hedley Hall and its wildlife.

By making a donation today you’ll be helping us improve and care for this magnificent place. Your donation can help us:

  • Plant more trees to buffer and protect Ridley Gill – a wildlife haven and SSSI
  • Improve tracks and paths across the whole of Hedley Hall, making it more accessible to the community
  • Clear the site of debris – including used shotgun pellets and grain tubs from shooting activities - and begin removing invasive rhododendron and Himalayan balsam so that woodland flora can thrive
  • Add signage and interpretation, giving more people the opportunity to explore and enjoy Hedley Hall.

Please help us make our vision for Hedley Hall a reality

Every pound you give will make a difference, helping to fund the care and restoration of this amazing place and protect the wildlife that lives there.

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Whatever you choose to give, donating online is secure, quick and cost effective, so more money goes directly to helping Hedley Hall.