Woodland Trust

Help Save Fingle Woods

The Woodland Trust has a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase and restore Fingle Woods, 334 hectares (825 acres) of woodland in the northern fringes of Dartmoor National Park in Devon. Sites of this size and nature rarely come on the market and we must act quickly to secure its future.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2013 to 5:00 PM, 18 December 2013

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The ancient woodland at Fingle Woods is struggling for light. In the last century over half of the site was felled and re-planted with conifers to produce timber as part of the war effort. Today dense stands of conifers cast dark shadows and conifer needles, smother native woodland species on the woodland floor. Ancient woodland is irreplaceable. Once it's gone, it can not be replaced - this unique and vital habitat, supporting our most rare and vulnerable species is lost forever.


Saving sites like Fingle Woods is vital in the Woodland Trust’s fight to save and restore the UK’s woodland heritage. We use our knowledge and expertise to create the right conditions to restore ancient woodland like this which has been damaged through non-native conifer planting. Restoration is the only way to protect the long term future of the last remaining ancient woodland in the UK.