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Leading UK Publisher And Poet Donates £5,000 To Pioneering York Woodland Project


6:15am 10th April 2014
(Updated 6:16am 10th April 2014)

Mr Dennis, who owns Dennis Publishing that is responsible for publishing over 50 magazines, website and apps including The Week, Men’s Fitness and Cyclist magazines, has given £5,000 to Three Hagges Jubilee Wood to encourage its development into a beautiful and thriving community woodland.

Mr Dennis, Trustee of the Heart of England Forest Ltd Charity, said: “We’re delighted to offer the Hagges Wood Trust a donation of £5,000 towards the wonderful work the Trust is undertaking, particularly around its plans on the eco-system creation and education offering.”

Rosalind Forbes Adam, who designed and master-minded the Three Hagges Jubilee Wood with her son Beilby, explained: “We are tremendously indebted to Felix Dennis and the Heart of England Forest, not just for their very generous financial contribution, but also for the public support of our project.

“I was lucky enough to meet Felix when he came to Leeds last autumn for his Did I Mention The Free Wine? poetry event and was able to tell him briefly about what we have done, and what we are trying to achieve, at our wood. He has subsequently been very supportive, which has been a great boost for us.”

She said: “Our goal is to raise the bar for beauty and ecological diversity in the creation of new woodland, as well as for the community to enjoy surroundings which will feature wildflowers, fine grasses and meandering pathways.”

“We want to make sure that Three Hagges Wood is not only a beautiful place to visit but also supports a diverse range of wildlife, which is why every species of plant has been selected for its value to birds, small mammals, bees, butterflies and other wildlife.”

Rosalind Forbes Adam, and her fellow trustee Lin Hawthorne, will visit the Heart of England Forest project in Warwickshire, this summer.  The project, founded in 1995, is a partnership between Mr Dennis and the Heart of England Forest Ltd. registered charity, which aims to plant and preserve a large native broadleaf forest in the heart of England, stretching from the ancient borders of the Forest of Arden – also known as Shakespeare's Forest – south to the Vale of Evesham. 

“This will be a fantastic opportunity for us to see how another new woodland is progressing and I know we will learn so much from our visit,” said Rosalind.

She added: “We have been very heartened by the financial support we have received from firms and individuals in Yorkshire and beyond during the past year, which is enabling us to turn our dream of a beautiful woodland, to be enjoyed by future generations, into a reality.”

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