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NATURAL BEAUTY: Ruislip woodland granted National Nature Reserve status

 Published on: 7th July 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A 30-acre piece of local woodland has been given National Nature Reserve (NNR) status to try and preserve it for future generations.

The ancient, semi-natural region of Copse Wood was acquired by Hillingdon Borough Council in October of 2020, with the area being considered part of the nearby Ruislip Woods.

Now, Natural England has extended the existing NNR boundaries of Ruislip Woods to include the smaller woodland, affording it the same level of protections.

NNR status is afforded to woods to protect some of the country’s most significant geology, habitats and species, as well as provide outdoor laboratories for research.

This year also marks 25 years since Ruislip Woods, which are also owned by the council, become one of London’s first three NNR areas in 1997.

Councillor Eddie Lavery, the council’s cabinet member for residents’ services, said: “We are delighted that the NNR status for Ruislip Woods has been extended, so that even more of this invaluable landscape gets the best possible protection for future generations.

“Ruislip Woods provides inspiration for residents and visitors of any age, from the majesty of its coppiced oak and hornbeam trees, to the wealth of wildlife that thrives there too.

“We’re grateful to Natural England for partnering with us in ensuring this critical piece of woodland is preserved and enjoyed for decades to come.”

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