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To preserve what is good and improve what is bad in processes that support all life

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Preserve and improve our natural habitats

We help preserve and improve natural habitats and raise awareness of the impact of climate change on biodiversity. We support and encourage you to plant native trees, hedges and flowers to remove atmospheric carbon and attract wildlife to our gardens and countryside.


From insects, fish, birds and mammals to fungi, flowers, hedges and trees, we want to ensure nature thrives in Aylsham. We aim to preserve what is good and improve what is poor.


Aylsham is bordered by two rivers, the Bure, stretching from Melton Constable inland to Gorleston on the coast, and the Mermaid, a tributary of the Bure. While much of the town is housing and business premises, there are also playing fields, woodland and farmland.


Aylsham’s natural habitats support a variety of wildlife, but more can be done to tackle the causes of the biodiversity crisis, which include climate change, habitat degradation and loss, overexploitation, invasive non-native species and pollution.


We are fortunate in having a number of wooded areas around Aylsham, but we would like to plant even more trees. In cooperation with local government and national bodies, we support tree-planting schemes so our community can benefit from trees for generations to come.


Over the years, the loss of hedgerows and margins on farmland and reliance on pesticides and herbicides has reduced biodiversity across the countryside. We encourage nature-friendly farming where food production and wildlife coexist. New housing developments often deplete wildlife habitat, but we can give nature a home too.


Take the Marriott’s Way as an example. This 26-mile disused railway isn’t only a peaceful walking and cycling track, but an important nature corridor and wildlife haven. Oaks, hawthorns, brambles and wildflowers provide cover, nest sites and food for insects, birds and small mammals.


Our gardens and verges also provide a network of mini habitats linking residential areas to the countryside. Native trees, shrubs and flowers as well as ponds, compost heaps and deadwood attract birds, insects, frogs, voles and shrews. Food stations are a lifeline for hedgehogs and endangered birds, such as starlings and greenfinches, as are nest boxes for swifts.


Protecting our natural environment is a major task, but a rewarding one.  If you are interested in helping, on a regular basis or on occasions, we would welcome your support. 

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You can help towards achieving the carbon neutral goal by planting native trees in in your garden, which will help reduce carbon emissions and help prevent the decline in local wildlife by providing them with a source of food and shelter – whilst giving you and your children/grandchildren to observe wildlife up close.

Follow this link to find a list of suitable trees by the Woodland Trust 

Pictured: A Bird Cherry Tree

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Million Trees scheme now open

The 1 Million Trees for Norfolk team are announcing the launch of a scheme that is available to everyone.

More information about the project and how you can get involved

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Swifts are now a red-listed species on the UK’s Birds of Conservation Concern.

Let’s give swifts a permanent home in Aylsham.

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