The Greensand Trust

The Heathlands of the Greensand Ridge

Enhancing and restoring heathlands and acid grasslands of the Greensand Ridge in Bedfordshire to their former glory, for the benefit of wildlife and people.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 7:00 PM, 11 February 2009 to 3:00 PM, 25 August 2009

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1077055)

Check mark Match funded




  • AnimalsAnimals
  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther



Heathlands and Acid Grasslands are both priority Biodiversity Action Plan habitats in Bedfordshire, having been much reduced in extent and quality over several decades. They are home to several key species that have become rare or have disappeared from the Greensand Ridge, including nightjars, adders and woodlarks. The project seeks to raise the profile of these habitats, carry out important conservation and enhancement works (£200k), purchase equipment and tools (£60k), survey species and habitats (£30k), provide advice on land management (£30k), and involve schools and communites (£30k). The Greensand Trust is working in partnership with a range of other organisations to deliver improvements across the whole of the Ridge in Bedfordshire. It is hoped that by the end of 2010 we will have achieved 3 or more of the Biodiversity Action Plan targets for this area, representing a huge success in re-establishing these habitats to their former glory.