Moor Trees in South Hams promotes #accesstoart, #accesstonature and #accesstoculture
It is often said that people have become disconnected from the natural environment. Even in relatively rural areas, knowledge and understanding of the countryside can be lacking. The proportion of the population involved in farming and managing the land is at an all-time low – with fewer than 3.3% of residents in Devon linked to the agriculture and forestry industries.
Moor Trees in South Hams aims to provide opportunities for local people and communities to bridge that gap between urban and village life and the surrounding countryside. Their volunteers come from a range of backgrounds, including individuals with learning difficulties, students, young unemployed and retired seniors. They received £2,000 from the Earth to Earth Fund to help train volunteers in techniques to restore and re-create broadleaf woodland, helping to increase employability skills and prevent isolation.
"We set up the Earth to Earth Fund to reflect not only my keen interest in environmental issues but also my belief that all wealth springs ultimately from the Earth and that the most just and creative thing is for it to be reinvested back into community, at whatever scale."