Ivybridge ancient woodland group looks to buy site

New England woodland The woodland near Ivybridge dates back to at least the 1600s

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Nature lovers have vowed to buy a 52-acre site of ancient woodland after it was spared development last year.

The site near Ivybridge in Devon was earmarked for a road to a quarry where a waste incinerator was going to be built.

But waste company Viridor pulled out after another incinerator was given the go-ahead in nearby Plymouth.

The New England Woodland Trust is hoping to raise £185,00 to buy the wood.

'Worth preserving'

The woodland's owner Aggregate Industries has already agreed to an eight-month lease of the land to the newly created trust.

Ancient woodland, classified as dating back to at least the 1600s, represents about 2% of Devon's woodland, according to the trust.

The adjoining quarry has already been bought by an unnamed person who has declared that it will be protected as a wildlife haven.

Dr Chris Westwood of the trust, said of the woodland: "It's well worth preserving.

"On the higher ground there are some amazingly big holly trees which must be several hundred years old."

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